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Culberson, Foster to Chair Research & Development Caucus

Mar 16, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives John Culberson (R-TX) and Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that they will serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Research and Development (R&D) Caucus, which helps educate Members of Congress and their staff on essential R&D projects and the importance of maintaining America’s role as a world leader in research and development. 

The R&D Caucus was founded by former Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) during the 108th Congress.

“The Constitution gives Congress authority in ‘promoting the progress of science,’ and we have a duty to ensure America remains the world leader in scientific and medical breakthroughs,” said Culberson. “It all starts with R&D. The R&D projects our scientists tackle today will shape the world our children and grandchildren inherit and will determine America’s economic and military strength for generations to come.”   

Culberson chairs the Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which overseas funding for the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other related agencies. 

“As a scientist and businessman, I believe that a commitment to supporting research and development in the United States is critical to our nation’s long-term economic success. Scientific research and development produces one of the highest return-on-investments our nation can make,” said Foster. “Now more than ever, it is essential that we support R&D to maintain America’s global competitive advantage.”

Foster, the only physicist serving in Congress, is a scientist and businessman who worked at Fermi National Laboratory for over 20 years. Foster’s business career began at age 19 when he and his younger brother co-founded Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States.