Sensenbrenner Wants another Turn as House Science Chair
MilwaukeeMag.com reports that U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) has made clear his intention to challenge Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) for chairmanship of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee in the 113th Congress, which convenes in January.
Sensenbrenner, a Menomonee Falls Republican, sailed to reelection on Tuesday and released a statement on Wednesday asking for the promotion from his current post of vice-chair: "If given the opportunity to serve as Science chair, my first priority will be to pass smart science and space policy that spurs job creation and ensures America's future competitiveness. Specifically, we must responsibly fund our research and development programs, refocus NASA and foster the developing private space industry, and put the United States back on a path toward being a leader in STEM education."
Like other members of the Republican-controlled committee, Sensenbrenner is a global warming skeptic with an enmity for the president. "It's more important than ever that the House exercises our constitutional oversight role. The Obama Administration has shown its willingness to manipulate science for political ends and threaten our domestic energy production and our economy in the process."