“I was disappointed to see the President’s budget again request cuts to key NASA science programs, despite strong support for those missions in the scientific community,” said Rep. Beyer. “I am hopeful that Congress will continue investing in scientific programs and space exploration, which return enormous value to the American people. Several years ago I asked NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden what NASA’s constancy of purpose should be, and without hesitation he said ‘science.’ WFIRST and other top scientific priorities at NASA deserve support and funding from Congress, and I will continue to push for the successful development of these missions.”
The president’s 2020 budget would reduce the Energy Department’s research spending by 17 percent and completely eliminate funding for ARPA-E. While the proposal would dedicate $130 million to the Energy Frontier Research Centers, it doesn’t explicitly mention funding for the Energy Innovation Hubs. The proposal by lawmakers, led by Reps. Donald Beyer, D-Va., Anna Eshoo, D-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., would increase the ARPA-E budget by roughly 30 percent from 2019 and hold funding for the innovation hubs at current levels.
Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are demanding more details from the Trump administration about its proposed reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management, after multiple requests for information have come up mostly empty-handed. “To date, the administration has failed to provide the committee with the plans or any detailed justification,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairman of the Oversight and Reform Government Operations Subcommittee, wrote Thursday in a letter to leaders on the Appropriations Committee and Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.
Federal law is clear: The House Ways & Means Committee, on which I serve, has the legal authority to request and receive Pres. Trump's tax returns. The administration has no legal basis to refuse to comply.