WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) today challenged the recent assertion by the Science Committee Minority that
President George W. Bush has taken an unusually long time to nominate a White House Science Adviser.

In a recent release, the minority claimed that until this year May 19th was the latest a science adviser has been appointed. In fact, President Reagan did not nominate
his adviser until July 1, 1981, and none was appointed until July 27, 1981. Similarly, Dr. Allan Bromley, President George Bush’s science adviser, was not appointed
until August 4, 1989.

Chairman Boehlert said, “While I support the minority’s desire to have a science adviser, I’m concerned by their attempt to turn this into an excuse for a partisan attack.

It is not uncommon for the Administration to be conducting a search for a Science Adviser at this point.

“The Administration has been working strenuously to fill this important slot. There is no indication whatsoever that the Administration has either been dragging its feet
in this matter or downgrading science.”

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