Martha Kinsella (@Martha_Kinsella )

Martha Kinsella

Bio Attorney @BrennanCenter working on government reform, scientific integrity. Views are my own. Retweets not endorsements.
Location Washington, DC
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Account created 17-07-2019 00:41:30
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iPhone : A new IG report found 368 EPA employees said their work had been altered or suppressed for reasons other than technical merit.

Another 705 feared retaliation associated w expressing scientific opinion about the agency's work.

eenews.net/eenewspm/2020/…

Twitter Web App : According to new Union of Concerned Scientists analysis, the Trump admin's sidelining of CDC scientists during #COVID19 pandemic is unprecedented, compared to Bush & Obama admins for SARS and swine flu. The public unfettered access to scientists, especially during a pandemic.
blog.ucsusa.org/anita-desikan/…

iPhone : A pandemic is no time to roll back public protections.

"Pandemic Rollbacks" tracks the regulatory safeguards (unrelated to the coronavirus) that Trump has repealed or is trying to repeal amid the coronavirus. #regulation
sensiblesafeguards.org/pandemicrollba…

Twitter Web App : Bipartisan support is growing for a modernized technology assessment entity in Congress, including from the Brennan Center’s bipartisan National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy. brennancenter.org/our-work/polic…

Twitter Web App : Importantly, Sen. Whitehouse and his coauthor note, “With an administration in power that mocks and disparages science — at the bidding of big special interests and for its own perceived political gain — it falls to Congress to ensure that our government is listening to science.”

Twitter Web App : As Sen. Whitehouse and others have argued, the #COVID19 crisis has made Congress’s need for an independent source of science advice all the more obvious — and urgent. nbcnews.com/think/opinion/…

Twitter Web App : Today, Sen. Whitehouse called for the recreation of the Office of Technology Assessment, Congress’s nonpartisan science agency. Congressional science and technology capacity is crucial to ensuring that science is not sidelined in the policymaking process. justsecurity.org/68404/congress…

Twitter Web App : The Task Force has endorsed the Scientific Integrity Act and has called on members in both houses of Congress to support this critical legislation. brennancenter.org/our-work/resea…

Twitter Web App : The Scientific Integrity Act contains many provisions in line with legislative proposals that the Brennan Center’s bipartisan National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy has developed. brennancenter.org/our-work/polic…

Twitter Web App : The Scientific Integrity Act would safeguard the role of science in government decisionmaking by, among other things, ensuring that experts do not face censorship or retaliation when they offer scientific advice.

Twitter Web App : As the congressional testimony of Dr. Fauci and Dr. Bright this week makes clear, science should play a key role in policymaking. And Congress and the public need to hear from government experts in order to hold policymakers accountable for their actions. brennancenter.org/our-work/analy…

Twitter Web App : The bipartisan Scientific Integrity Act has been added to the HEROES Act, the latest coronavirus response bill in the House of Representatives. amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/LOW…

iPhone : Including the Scientific Integrity Act in the next stimulus bill is the right move, and quick implementation of this provision could save lives and make government more accountable. The text begins on page 77 of this link: amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/LOW…
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iPhone : Currently, a patchwork of agency policies offers uneven protections for scientists that lack the force of law. The Scientific Integrity Act would create more uniform standards for these policies and give them more teeth. 6/

iPhone : The legislation protects the right of scientists to publish research regardless of the political inconvenience of their results. It requires agencies to have a clear pathway for the release of scientific analysis. 5/

iPhone : The legislation, which passed through the House Science committee last year on a bipartisan vote, aims to protect government scientists and scientific products from political influence. This is a long-standing need that COVID-19 has only made more urgent. 4/

iPhone : Political interference in the work of government scientists makes it harder to face all kinds public health and environmental threats--including COVID-19. The Scientific Integrity Act prohibits any employee from censoring or manipulating scientific findings. 3/

iPhone : I strongly believe what I told the House Science Committee when I testified about this legislation last June: decision makers and the public want to hear directly from the experts, and they deserve that access. 2/ eos.org/articles/heari…