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
CONGRESS IS FINALLY turning its attention to Silicon Valley. And it’s not hard to understand why: Technology impinges upon every part of our civic sphere.
WASHINGTON, DC – “Scott Pruitt’s resignation is long overdue. He not only deliberately reversed years of environmental regulations and climate change research, he also wildly misused taxpayer money for unnecessary and wasteful purchases. Every member of the Trump administration, including the President, should take their job seriously and advance the long-term interests of the American people instead of business interests or personal comfort.
A physicist by training, Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) brought some scientific gravitas to the House floor this week when he made his case against spending taxpayer money on a potential new satellite-based missile defense system reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s infinitely optimistic and ultimately failed Star Wars program.
Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that the University of St. Francis will receive an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $957,217. The funding will provide scholarships and stipends for undergraduate STEM majors who are pursuing teaching careers at high-need high schools. USF will use the award to increase the number of STEM majors successfully completing biology and mathematics licensure for secondary education.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) called on the National Science Foundation to implement reforms to foster a better work and research environment for all scientists and researchers. Foster sent a letter to the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) urging the implementation of policies to require institutions to notify the NSF of findings of harassment by personnel on new grants and the institution’s response to those findings. The letter was signed by 32 Members of Congress.
An innovation hub already is drawing young, tech-savvy talent to the Naperville area to design the machines of the future.
The new high-tech incubator along the Interstate 88 high-tech corridor, known as Hub88, is on schedule to officially open sometime in September, said Glenn Luckinbill, one of organizers.
Kids, however, are getting an early chance to experience what Hub88 has in store for them this summer.
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran has at least one local congressman voicing his opposition.
Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, argued in a statement that withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran will make the U.S. less safe and undermine the country’s credibility as a “stable and reliable negotiating partner.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Foster released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) reintroduced a resolution to fund the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will lead the resolution in the Senate. The Office of Technology Assessment provided Congress with nonpartisan policy advice and identified cost-effective areas for future investment that saved taxpayers billions of dollars. It was defunded in 1995, but it still remains a legally authorized organization.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Steven Knight (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5610, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act. The legislation would authorize $45 million to support the creation of three public-private partnership projects to develop energy storage technology that is commercially viable and can adequately support the electrical grid. The BEST Act would direct the Secretary of Energy to establish aggressive “moonshot” goals to develop improved capacity and lower costs for grid-scale storage.