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Foster, Hultgren, Holt Lead Bipartisan Effort To Protect Funding For National Labs

Apr 3, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Bill Foster (IL-11), Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Rush Holt (NJ-12) led a bipartisan group of 81 Members of Congress in calling for robust and sustained funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, and the critical research, unique scientific facilities, and expert personnel that it supports.  Funding for our national labs, including Argonne National Lab and Fermi National Lab, comes through the Office of Science.

The Members wrote House appropriators to express their “strong support for robust and sustained funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.”

A full copy of the letter is available here.

“We recognize the fragile state of the nation’s economy, and support efforts to reduce the deficit and create jobs.  But to do so, we must set priorities and make smart, strategic decisions about federal funding.  We believe that scientific research is the foundation for the innovative solutions that will enable us to overcome many of our greatest challenges – from economic stagnation and dependence on foreign energy to curing diseases and addressing threats to our national security.  That is why we believe funding for the DOE Office of Science must be a priority in fiscal year 2015,” the Members wrote.

“By prioritizing funding for DOE scientific research—thereby supporting both the human and physical capital—Congress will preserve our capacity to innovate, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy, enhance our competitive edge in the global economy, improve our quality of life, ensure our national security, and create good American jobs well into the future.  For these reasons, we urge you to make strong and sustained funding for the DOE Office of Science one of your highest priorities in fiscal year 2015.”

The letter was signed by 81 Members of Congress, including: Kerry L. Bentivolio (MI-11), Ami Bera (CA-07), Timothy H. Bishop (NY-1), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Susan Bonamici (OR-1), Bruce Braley (IA-1), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Michael E. Capuano (MA-7), Tony Cardenas (CA-29), Matt Cartwright (17-PA), Judy Chu (CA-27), David N. Cicilline (RI-1) , Katherine Clark (MA-5), Yvette D. Clarke (N-9), Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11), John Conyers (MI-13), Jim Costa (CA-16), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Danny Davis (IL-7), Rosa l. DeLauro (CT-3), John D. Dingell (MI-12), Keith Ellison (MN-5) , Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5), Bill Foster (IL-11),  John Garamendi (CA-3), Al Green (TX-29), Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-3), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Elenaor Holmes Norton (DC-0), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-4), Derek Kilmer (WA-6), Ron Kind (WI-3) , Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Ann M. Kuster (NH-2), James Langevin (RI-2), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Daniel Lipinski (IL-3), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-8), Sander Levin (MI-9) , David Loebsack (IA-2), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4), James P. McGovern (MA-2), Jerry McNerney (CA-9) , George Miller (CA-11), Jim Moran (VA-8) , Bill Pascrell Jr. (NJ-8), Scott H. Peters (CA-52), David E. Price (NC-4), Charles B. Rangel (NY-13), Bobby l. Rush (IL-1), Robert C "Bobby" Scott (VA-3), David Scott (GA-13), Janice Schakowsky (IL-9) , Bradley S. Schneider (IL-10), Aaron Schock (IL-18), Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA-13), Terri A. Sewell (AL-7), Carol Shae-Porter (NH-1), Albio Sires (NJ-8), Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), Adam Smith (WA-9), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Eric Swalwell CA-15), Mark Takano (OR-41), John Tierney (MA-6), Dina Titus (NV-1), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Niki Tsongas (MA-3), Henry A. Waxman (CA-33), Timothy J. Walz (MN-1), Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24).