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Dems urge Trump to appoint science adviser

Dems urge Trump to appoint science adviser
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Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats demand Saudi accountability over Khashoggi killing US intel: Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow MORE (D-Va.) and Gary PetersGary PetersDeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack Law enforcement officials lay out evidence Capitol riot was 'coordinated' attack MORE (D-Mich.) are urging President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE to appoint a director to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a post that has been vacant since he came into office last year.

Warner and Peters sent a letter to Trump on Thursday arguing that it's "critical" to fill the vacancy to provide leadership to innovators.

"An OSTP Director could immediately make an impact in our nation’s approach to present science and technology challenges through his or her leadership," the senators wrote.

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John Holdren, a Harvard University professor, was the last to serve as OSTP director, under former President Obama.

Warner and Peters highlighted the research the office has done in the past on unmanned aircraft, critical minerals and nanotechnology. They noted that the OSTP director also acts as an intermediary with Congress on scientific policy.

"The Director position has been vacant for over a year, and we believe it is critical to appoint a well-qualified individual, with a background in science or engineering, to this role as soon as possible," they wrote.