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Beyer, Science Committee Democrats Respond to Committee’s Anti-Science Subpoenas

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Washington, July 13, 2016 | comments

Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), joined Science Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) in delivering the following statement on the Chairman’s issuance of eleven subpoenas to the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general (AGs) and a number of non-governmental organizations:

“We strongly condemn the Science Committee Majority’s unlawful subpoenas issued today to the New York and Massachusetts Attorneys General and nine non-governmental organizations. As we and the various targets of these subpoenas have repeatedly pointed out, these actions are plainly unconstitutional. The Majority’s illegitimate actions set a very dangerous precedent and are one more step towards solidifying this Committee’s unfortunate new reputation as a committee of witch hunts.”

Rep. Beyer previously wrote a letter to Chairman Lamar Smith admonishing the Committee’s partisan actions to prevent proper investigations into potential frauds. The letter was signed by Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The attorneys general of VA, MD, and DC were targets of previous harassing letters.

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