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Science

As the only PhD physicist in Congress, I know firsthand the great contributions science has made to our country.  The United States is a leader in innovation and federally funded scientific research has improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Federal investments in science are the foundation of our economy and have led to breakthroughs in lifesaving medicines. We need to sustain funding for research and development so that we can solve the most important problems of this generation and the next.

Currently, we have an aging population that will require high-quality medical care to live fulfilling lives. The cost of care for diseases, including Alzheimer’s and diabetes, will increase exponentially. Long-term medical care will cost Medicare and Medicaid hundreds of billions of dollars each year. However, investment in medical research offers hope for those suffering from disease and reduces costs for federal taxpayers.

 

 

 

My Work on Science

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after it was reported that the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 people:

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act:

“I voted for the Heroes Act because it’s crucial that we deliver more economic relief to hard working Americans, and that we provide much needed funding for states like Illinois and communities like those in the 11th District that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Apr 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL) led a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration urging them to speed up the evaluation and approval process for a COVID-19 vaccine, and to prepare for a more rapid deployment to the public. The letter was signed by 35 Members of Congress.

Apr 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that widespread COVID-19 antibody testing is close to being deployed:

Apr 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) led a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in support of their efforts to encourage innovation in COVID-19 testing, and urging them to rapidly deploy COVID-19 antibody tests that have met accuracy and safety standards as rapidly and widely as possible.

Feb 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Partnerships for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Act to strengthen the classroom to career pipeline for American students by creating a grant program to promote educational partnerships between schools and employers.

Jan 15, 2020 In The News

Last week, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster was named the chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.

The subcommittee is empowered with investigative and oversight authority over all matters concerning non-defense federal research, according to a news release.

Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) was named chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. The subcommittee is empowered with investigative and oversight authority over all matters concerning non-defense federal research.

Jan 8, 2020 In The News

We have the perfect show to kick off the new year and new decade in 2020. This is one of the most interesting conversations we’ve ever had, in our hundred-plus episodes of Barefoot Innovation.

My very special guest is Congressman Bill Foster, who represents the 11th District of Illinois. He is a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, and was appointed by Committee Chair Maxine Waters to lead the special task force she set up to examine how artificial intelligence will transform finance.

Dec 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed two spending packages covering all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020.