Congressman Al Green Appointed to Science Committee

Feb 10, 2005

(Washington, DC)--Today, Congressman Al Green cast his first vote as a newly appointed member of the House Science Committee. The committee took first steps towards passing legislation, H.R. 610, to overhaul the nations energy infrastructure. Specifically under the jurisdiction of the Committee were provisions involving the research and development side of the Department of Energy laboratories as well as provisions that provided for new and innovative K-12 grade science and mathematic curricula.

"This appointment will give me a seat at the table as the futures of NASA, space exploration, the life of the Hubble Space Telescope are being debated, Congressman Al Green said. "It will allow me to address many issues facing our nations space program, including the Presidents Moon-Mars proposal and how it should be funded, space and earth science research and most importantly the education of our next generation of scientist and mathematicians."

The Science Committee has jurisdiction over all non-defense federal scientific research and development (R&D). Federal agencies that fall under the Committee's jurisdiction (either completely or partially) include:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Science Foundation (NSF) to name a few.

As home to the Johnson Space Center and future Texas Southern Universitys Mae Lou Jameson Science building, all of these issues are important to Houstons space economy. Johnson Space Center is NASA's second largest facility in terms of employment and the number one NASA facility in terms of expenditures.

Congressman Al Green will serve on the Energy, and Space and Aeronautics Subcommittees. The energy subcommittee has general and special oversight and investigative authority on all matters relating to energy research, development, and demonstration projects and commercial application of energy technology. The space subcommittee oversees issues relating to astronautical and aeronautical research including: national space policy, including access to space; sub-orbital access and applications; NASA and its contractor and government-operated laboratories.