Dems Introduce Bill To Protect Science From Political Interference

"Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation on Thursday to prevent political interference with public science research amid what they called 'President Trump's multi-agency assault.'

The lawmakers said in a press release that political interference has been a 'longstanding concern that has taken on newfound urgency' in the current administration.

Provisions in the 'Science Integrity Act' intend to make it so that political considerations do not factor into scientific conclusions, to prohibit the suppression of scientific findings and to allow scientists to answer media inquiries about their work without prior agency approval."

Rachel Frazin reports for The Hill March 14, 2019.


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Source: The Hill, 03/15/2019