|H.R. 1358, the Scientific Integrity Act-Support this week before the March For Science this Saturday (April 22)
117 Cosponsors: Niki Tsongas, Alan Lowenthal, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Daniel Lipinski, Gerry Connolly, Derek Kilmer, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, Darren Soto, Barbara Lee, Jerry Nadler, Mark DeSaulnier, Tim Ryan, Grace Napolitano, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Louise Slaughter, Katherine Clark, John Conyers, John Lewis, Frederica Wilson, Don Beyer, Zoe Lofgren, Earl Blumenauer, Gwen Moore, Bobby Rush, Grace Meng, Jacky Rosen, Bill Keating, Mike Quigley, Ted Lieu, James McGovern, Jamie Raskin, Mark Takano, David N. Cicilline, Jan Schakowsky, Matt Cartwright, Seth Moulton, Joe Kennedy, Eliot Engel, Richard E. Neal, William Pascrell, Ben Ray Lujan, Mark Pocan, Suzanne Bonamici, Jackie Speier, Judy Chu, Brenda Lawrence, Marcy Kaptur, G.K. Butterfield, Doris Matsui, Jerry McNerney, Ed Perlmutter, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Frank Pallone, Betty McCollum, Sheila Jackson Lee, Colleen Hanabusa, Emmanuel Cleaver, Jared Polis, Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna, Jim Langevin, Julia Brownley, Bill Foster, Danny K. Davis, Charlie Crist, Debbie Dingell, Elizabeth Esty, Elijah Cummings, John Garamendi, Jared Huffman, Ami Bera, Linda Sanchez, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Gregory Meeks, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, John Yarmuth, Tulsi Gabbard, Marc Veasey, Stephen F. Lynch, Mike Doyle, Pramila Jayapal, Hank Johnson, Luis V. Gutiérrez, Juan Vargas, Mike Thompson, Alcee Hastings, Albio Sires, Marcia Fudge, Dwight Evans, Michael Capuano, Terri Sewell, Sander Levin, Steve Cohen, Brendan Boyle, Carol Shea-Porter, Chellie Pingree, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Ann McLane Kuster, John Delaney, Lloyd Doggett, Keith Ellison, Denny Heck, William Lacy Clay, Salud Carbajal, Brian Higgins, Donald McEachin, Suzan DelBene, Maxine Waters, Kathy Castor, Adam Smith, Filemon Vela, Brad Schneider, Jamie Raskin, Anna Eshoo, Joyce Beatty, Jim Cooper
Some of the best and brightest scientific minds work at federal agencies protecting the environment, maintaining our national security, and protecting the health of every American. It is critical that we ensure scientific integrity in the conduct and application of federally funded research. The processes though which science is conducted, reviewed, communicated to the public, and incorporated into policymaking must be transparent, and must be free from inappropriate political, ideological, financial or other undue influence.
In the past, scientists at federal agencies have experienced inappropriate political interference in the scientific process and unjustified rhetoric impugning the work of federal scientists. This is not a partisan issue. There have been accusations of such interference during both Republican and Democratic administrations. Scientists themselves should always be held to the highest ethical and professional standards. It makes sense to put scientific integrity policies into place across federal agencies. In recent years, 24 federal agencies have developed such policies. This was a positive step toward ensuring that agencies have strong and clear policies, but agency policies do not have the force of law, and may be unevenly enforced. In order to ensure scientific integrity, these principles need to be codified by Congress.
That is why we introduced H.R. 1358, the Scientific Integrity Act, which will protect scientific integrity in federal research and policymaking.
The Scientific Integrity Act:
· States that science should fully and transparently inform policy decisions, free from inappropriate politics, ideology, or financial conflicts of interest.
· Requires each federal agency that funds or conducts scientific research to establish scientific integrity principles and sets basic requirements for agency-specific scientific integrity policies that adhere to those principles.
· Helps facilitate the free flow of scientific and technological information while protecting privacy, confidentiality and national security.
We hope you will join us in standing up for science and protecting scientific integrity by cosponsoring the Scientific Integrity Act. If you would like to cosponsor the legislation or have any questions, please contact Emily Duhovny with Congressman Tonko at Emily.Duhovny@mail.house.gov.
Paul Tonko Niki Tsongas Alan Lowenthal Eddie Bernice Johnson
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