Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
12/06/2019          

Stop Climate Censorship Act of 2019

Date Version PDF TXT
12/15/2019 Introduced in House Open
12/06/2019 Introduced in House Open

            


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5355


To amend the America COMPETES Act to prevent political interference in the communication of scientific research, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 6, 2019

Mr. Neguse (for himself, Ms. Bonamici, and Mr. Casten of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology


A BILL

To amend the America COMPETES Act to prevent political interference in the communication of scientific research, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Stop Climate Censorship Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Prevention of political interference in the communication of scientific research.

Title I of the America COMPETES Act is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 1010. Prevention of Political Interference.

“(a) In general.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall develop and issue policies, consistent with established scientific integrity policies, that require political appointees of each Federal civilian agency that conducts scientific research to publicly report on any action by such political appointee—

“(1) to modify any scientific research or findings that are used to inform any agency communication to the public relating to climate change; or

“(2) to modify any agency communication to the public in a manner inconsistent with scientific research or findings relating to climate change.

“(b) Contents of report.—The report required under subsection (a) shall—

“(1) specify the specific individuals who were involved in the decision to take such action;

“(2) describe the scientific evidence used to justify such decision;

“(3) specify any other agency or individual consulted with respect to such decision; and

“(4) be provided by such political appointee to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction in Congress for the respective agencies.

“(c) Review of policies.—The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall review and update as necessary the policies described in this section on a biennial basis.

“(d) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) POLITICAL APPOINTEE.—The term ‘political appointee’ means a Federal employee who holds—

“(A) a position which has been excepted from the competitive service by reason of its confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character; or

“(B) a position in the Senior Executive Service as a noncareer appointee (as such term is defined in section 3132(a) of title 5, United States Code).

“(2) CLIMATE CHANGE.—The term ‘climate change’ means any change in the state of the global climate that can be identified by changes in the mean or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer.”.


Picture Name From Date Type
Joe Neguse D-CO 12/06/2019 Sponsor
Sean Casten D-IL 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Sean Casten D-MI 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Suzanne Bonamici D-OR 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
12/06/2019 President Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.Action By: House of Representatives
12/06/2019 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
Summary
Congress - Bill Number Major Title
Branch Vote Date Yes No Not Voting
Wiki





Bill TEXT Points.
This Bill has been listed with the following Subjects from Texts:
Censorship
116 HR 5355 IH: Stop Climate Censorship Act of 2019 U

Climate
116 HR 5355 IH: Stop Climate Censorship Act of 2019 U


End Bill TEXT Points.
Date Bill Major Title
Committee Name
Subject Type