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Dec 2, 2004 Press Release
Representatives Bart Gordon, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Mark Udall wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt, requesting information about the role of a chemical industry trade association in an EPA pesticide exposure study proposal. The Members pointed out the threat that a conflict of interest existed. (December 2, 2004)

Nov 30, 2004 Article
Representatives Bart Gordon, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Mark Udall write EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt to express concern that a cooperative research agreement with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents a conflict of interest.  The agreement allowed the ACC to serve as principal investigator on the Agency's proposed Children's Health Environmental Exposure Research Study, even though the Council represents the industry that might be subject to regulation as a result of the study. (November 30, 2004)
Nov 30, 2004 Article
A letter to EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt from Representatives Bart Gordon, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Mark Udall concerning the structure and conduct of the proposed "longitudinal field measurement study of infant and toddler aggregate exposure to pesticides and persistent pollutants," also known as the "Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study" (November 30, 2004)
Oct 26, 2004 Press Release
Representative Brian Baird (D-WA) writes Attorney General John Ashcroft asking for investigations of cases where scientific experts contacted by Department of Health and Human Services officials "...reported they were asked about their political affiliation or asked political litmus test questions as part of the vetting process for composing advisory panels."
Oct 26, 2004 Article
Text of Representative Brian Baird's letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft.  Baird asks for investigations where improper questions may have been asked of candidates for service on Federal advisory committees. (October 26, 2004)
Oct 26, 2004 Press Release
Rep. Bart Gordon, Ranking Democrat on the Committee on Science, released a report on the failure of the Bush Administration and the Republican leadership in Congress to harness science and technology toward the solution of the Nation’s pressing problems. Rep. Gordon’s overall grade for the Republicans’ efforts in science and technology was a "D".  (October 26, 2004)
Sep 24, 2004 Press Release
Representatives Bart Gordon and Jerry Costello wrote President Bush's Science Advisor, Dr. John Marburger, to learn how the Administration intended to respond to a RAND Corporation report calling for improved data collection on the American science and technology workforce (September 24. 2004)
Sep 15, 2004 Press Release
Congressman Bart Gordon's comment after President Bush announced the nomination of Dr. Arden Bement to be the new Director of the National Science Foundation (September 15, 2004)
Jul 22, 2004 Press Release
Candidates for Federal science advisory committees should not be asked to state their political affiliations or to discuss their voting records, according to Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Brian Baird. (July 22, 2004)
May 26, 2004 Article
Members wrote to the Director of the Office of Management  and Budget to criticize guidance to agencies on the conduct of peer reviews for agency data collections (May 26, 2004)