Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) released the following statement on the report by the Independent Review Board established by NASA to assess the progress of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):

“Mr. Young and the other members of the Independent Review Board have performed a great service for the nation, and I thank them for their efforts. As they noted, the James Webb Space Telescope will be an in-space observatory with ‘incredible capability and awesome scientific potential,’ and ensuring the success of the mission needs to be our highest priority. I hope and expect that NASA and Northrop Grumman will take the IRB’s recommendations to heart so that Congress can have confidence that the taxpayer dollars invested in this project are not wasted or adversely impact the rest of NASA’s science programs.  That said, I strongly support completion of JWST and look forward to the stream of discoveries that will flow from it.”