Bill Nye, Neil DeGrasse Tyson Speaking at Science Committee's Members Only Retreat

The scientists may push back on the viewpoints of several members of the committee.


Neil and I about to remind the Science Committee of the great value of science.…

— Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) February 5, 2013

Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and Neil DeGrasse Tyson will speak at a private, bipartisan retreat for members of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology Tuesday, a staff member of the committee tells Whispers.

The beloved science educator and astrophysicist are expected to talk about their ideas for legislation in the new Congress, with Nye focusing on general science policy, and DeGrasse Tyson focusing on space.

"Neil and I [are] about to remind the Science Committee of the great value of science," Nye tweeted Tuesday.

But if the two scientists's past interactions with the committee are anything to go by, the conversations at the retreat may also get heated.

In October, Nye slammed the creationist beliefs of Science, Space and Technology committee member Rep. Paul Broun, a Republican from Georgia. After Broun appeared in a video discounting the theory of evolution, Nye told the Huffington Post that Broun "is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology."

[FLASHBACK: Broun Wants to Stay on Science Committee]

In March, Tyson also challenged the committee in testimony he gave on the benefits of space exploration, in light of a recent decline in space funding.

Tyson warned the committee that "the pathway from the investment to the return on the dollar takes a little longer than an elevator ride to explain" and that without a culture of innovation, including funding for NASA, "we just move back to the caves."

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