Sensenbrenner Wants Science Gavel to Tamp Down on Admin Abuses

A veteran House conservative is seeking the chairmanship of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in a quest to stop the Obama administration from manipulating science "for political ends."

“I am seeking the chairmanship for the House Science Committee because our nation’s science and space policy is at a critical juncture," said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). "The committee requires strong and effective leadership, and I want to bring my experience and proven record of legislative success to the committee.”

Sensenbrenner is currently vice-chairman of the committee, having chaired the panel from 1997-2001. He was the ranking Republican on the Dems' House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, which was killed by the GOP in the 112th Congress.

The current chairman is 89-year-old Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R-Texas), who handily won his re-election with 73 percent of the vote Tuesday. Hall is a middle-of-the-road congressman who was a Democrat up until 2004.

“If given the opportunity to serve as Science chair, my first priority will be to pass smart science and space policy that spurs job creation and ensures America’s future competitiveness. Specifically, we must responsibly fund our research and development programs, refocus NASA and foster the developing private space industry, and put the United States back on a path toward being a leader in STEM education," said Sensenbrenner.

“Additionally, it’s more important than ever that the House exercises our constitutional oversight role. The Obama Administration has shown its willingness to manipulate science for political ends and threaten our domestic energy production and our economy in the process," he added. "I have a record of effective oversight, and I will continue to keep the Administration accountable for their use of science in crafting regulations and policies.”