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Foster Leads Congressional Letter Expressing Concern over Trump’s Office of Science Cuts

Apr 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) led a letter to President Trump to express concern over proposed cuts to the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The letter affirms the Office’s role in the preservation of innovation and continuance of American competitive edge in the global economy. It strongly encourages the President to reconsider budget cuts to the Office of Science. He was joined by 66 of his colleagues who cosigned the letter.

“The Department of Energy’s Office of Science helps our country maintain leadership in innovation and economic growth,” Foster said. “We stand to forfeit our leadership in scientific research to other countries if Mr. Trump’s cuts become a reality. Scientific breakthroughs rely on sustained federal funding for success, and this budget would destroy any potential to find cures for diseases, develop new materials for military equipment, and design new energy sources.”

Over 33,000 researchers rely on the facilities in the office to conduct research. The President’s skinny budget released in March called for a nearly twenty percent cut to the Department of Energy. The President’s next budget request is expected in May.

The text of the letter is here.