House Science Committee Holds Hearing on Einstein America Act
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By Meghan McCabe

The House Science Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on October 30 entitled, “Providing the Tools for Scientific Discovery and Basic Energy Research: The Department of Energy Science Mission.” The purpose of the hearing was to evaluate a discussion draft of the Enabling Innovation for Science, Technology and Energy in America Act (EINSTEIN Act), an authorization bill for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Three witnesses testified before the Subcommittee: Patricia Dehmer, PhD, Deputy Director for Science Programs at DOE Office of Science; Horst Simon, PhD, Deputy Director at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; and John Hemminger, PhD, Chairman of the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. Copies of the witness testimony can be found here.

The Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), focused the majority of its questions on the High Energy Physicsprogram and the exascale computing initiatives at DOE, as well as the importance of technology transfer from labs to the marketplace. When given an opportunity for open comment at the end of the hearing, all three of the witnesses stressed the importance of reliable, sustained growth in funding for the federal scientific enterprise to ensure that the U.S. maintains its position as a world leader in science and technology.