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Chairwoman Johnson’s Reaction to Reported Threats by Commerce Secretary to Fire NOAA Officials Following Hurricane Tweets

Press Release From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

(Washington, DC)  Yesterday, the New York Times reported “Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.”

 

Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the following statement.

 

“I am extremely disturbed by the directive that NOAA leadership sent on September 6, which threatens the integrity and public trust of weather forecasts at the peak of Hurricane season. I am even more distressed to learn that political interference from the Secretary of Commerce may be behind the directive. The Committee will pursue this issue and we expect full cooperation from the Department of Commerce in our efforts. I would remind Department employees of the whistleblower protections afforded them by law. Any employees with information are welcome to share anonymously via the Committee Whistleblower Page.

 

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