Congressman Bill Foster

Representing the 11th District of Illinois

Foster Defends Science in Testimony Before House Appropriations Committee

Mar 8, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee encouraging science funding in the FY2018 budget.

“The United States has been at the forefront of innovation and progress largely due to the investment in scientific research. Our scientific infrastructure requires long-term, sustained funding to ensure opportunities are not missed,” Foster said. “Projects like Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source Upgrade and the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment remain some of the most cutting edge scientific projects today. As the only PhD scientist in Congress, I urge this committee to provide proper funding levels for the critical work of scientists.”

Congressman Foster advocated for Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source Upgrade and the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, which is a collaboration between scientists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois and the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Last year, Congressman Foster led a bipartisan effort to support both of these projects. The FY2018 appropriations bill will likely introduced as early as April.

Full testimony is available here