From: The Honorable James A. Himes
Current Signers: Rep. Jim Himes, Bill Foster, Betty McCollum, Tim Ryan. Endorsed by the Union of Concerned Scientists
Deadline to Sign: COB Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Please join me in sending a letter to President-Elect Trump asking that he appoint a renowned, peer-respected scientist to serve as his Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
– known colloquially as the “White House Science Advisor” – within his first 100 days in office.
In 1976, Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to facilitate scientifically sound policy decisions by the Executive Branch. The White House Science Advisor
is responsible for leading this office. As a senior-level staff member in the Executive Office of the President, the Science Advisor tasked with providing advisory opinions and analysis on science and technology matters directly to the President.
In sending this letter, I hope to draw the President-Elect’s attention to this critical role and ensure that he gives it the consideration it deserves.
I hope you will join me in signing this request to the President-Elect. If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Justin Meuse at
Justin.Meuse@mail.house.gov or directly at 6-1786.
James A. Himes
December xx, 2016
Dear President-Elect Trump,
As members of Congress who understand the importance of science to our economic strength, national security and efficient government, we write to respectfully request that you prioritize the appointment of a universally-respected
scientist as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology within your first 100 days in office.
When you take office in January, you will be charged with leading our nation’s response to global climate change, maintaining American economic competitiveness, keeping our citizenry safe, advancing energy independence,
and curing disease. It is critical that you inform your decisions on these matters with scientific
knowledge and expertise.
In 1976, Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to facilitate scientifically-sound policy decisions by the Executive Branch. The Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
– known colloquially as the President’s Science Advisor – is responsible for leading this office. As a senior-level White House staff member, your science advisor’s responsibilities will be to assist you in determining effective ways to use science and technology
to address major national challenges. More broadly, the OSTP he or she will oversee will provide scientific and technological input to agencies regarding rulemakings, budgets, interagency coordination, and other matters of consequence.
We must also remember that federal investments in scientific and technological research have emboldened our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit and driven innovation for decades. Federal grants have enabled generations
of scientists to make discoveries and breakthroughs that have helped the United States ascend to the top of the global economy, including life-saving vaccines, the MRI, laser technology, touchscreens, and GPS. To continue our path forward, we must recognize
that scientific research is a force for good and merits our attention and investment.
In conclusion, we agree with our predecessors in the 94th Congress regarding the role of science in our government. We believe that it is imperative for you to choose, early in your administration, a nationally-respected
individual with the appropriate engineering, scientific, management and policy skills.
Thank you for your consideration.