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Foster Announces Bipartisan National Labs Caucus

Dec 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that he has been named Co-Chair of the National Labs Caucus in the 116th Congress. The caucus advocates for federal investment in research at America’s 17 national labs, and it will raise awareness about the importance of national labs for economic growth. Foster will co-chair the caucus with Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

“As the only PhD physicist in Congress and an employee of a Department of Energy national laboratory for over 20 years, I know firsthand the important work that our national labs perform every day to advance science and innovation in the United States. I am proud to join with my colleagues to educate Members of Congress and the public about the vital work of the men and women at our nation’s national labs,” Foster said. “The scientific innovation that comes from their research moves our country forward and makes it possible to tackle major challenges, including fundamental scientific research, new treatments for diseases, and solutions for climate change. If we are serious about maintaining America’s leadership in scientific discovery, we need to make significant and stable investments in the world-leading scientific infrastructure that is in use every day at our national labs. I would like to thank Congressman Luján, Congressman Zeldin, and Congressman Fleischmann for their leadership on this issue.”

“Our national labs are some of our country’s greatest assets – from supercomputing to materials science – national labs improve the lives of everyday Americans while keeping our nation at the forefront of advancements in science and technology.” Fleischmann said. “The National Labs Caucus is a great venue for legislators to unite in our support, and I am excited to take on a greater leadership role as Co-Chair. I look forward to joining my colleagues from both sides of the aisle – Congressman Lujan, Congressman Foster, and Congressman Zeldin – to lead the caucus in the 116th Congress.”

Congressman Foster represents Argonne National Laboratory as part of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. Prior to serving in Congress, he spent 23 years as a high energy particle physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL. He was part of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter.