Betty McCollum

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Betty McCollum


From: The Honorable Betty McCollum
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Bill: H.R. 1232
Date: 3/31/2017

Cosponsor the Save America’s Science Act (H.R. 1232)

Current Cosponsors: Tim Ryan, Derek Kilmer, Jerry Nadler, Mike Quigley, Raul Grijalva

Dear Colleague,

After President Trump took office, his administration removed taxpayer-funded data and records from government websites and limited federal scientists from communicating scientific facts to the public. Scientists across the country have scrambled to download
data from government websites in fear of losing access forever.

Scientific data is not partisan. Access to taxpayer-funded data should not depend on which party controls the White House.  Private citizens should not need to download government data on their own to ensure its preservation. We have a duty to ensure that
taxpayer-funded scientific data is preserved and available to the public.

That is why I have introduced the Save America’s Science Act (H.R. 1232) which would require the preservation of government data assets and ensure that scientific data available to the public remains publicly accessible. This bill amends the Federal
Records Act to clarify that data assets must be preserved like all other records.

To cosponsor the Save America’s Science Act, or for more information, please contact Ryan Murphy in my office at (5-6631) or (note the 3).


Betty McCollum

Member of Congress