Cantwell Blasts Administration’s Attacks on Science, Calls for Congressional Oversight

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released the following statement on the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to undermine science for political reasons:

“Good weather science saves lives. From compromising the spectrum used by weather satellites to political interference with official hurricane advisories, the Trump administration’s attacks on science gets more and more harmful and outrageous every day.

The lives and property of millions of Americans depend on the information provided by the dedicated professionals at NOAA and the National Weather Service. We cannot allow science to be censored by politics or politicians. That’s why I am asking Chairman Wicker to hold a full committee hearing to provide much-needed oversight.”

Throughout her time in Congress, Cantwell has been a strong advocate of science and the need to protect scientific work from political interference. She has also repeatedly raised concerns about potential interference with critical weather satellites due to the sale of wireless airwaves that could damage the effectiveness of U.S. weather satellites and harm forecasts and predictions relied on to protect safety, property and national security. She has called on the administration to follow the science and protect vital weather data from interference.