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
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — From a couch on the back deck of a dockside restaurant, the Beatles playing in the background and a breeze blowing off the water, Joe Cunningham gestured to Shem Creek.
“This could be the reality here, of oil rigs and oil spills off the beach,” Mr. Cunningham said. “An oil spill could just decimate the area, and all of a sudden instead of people coming to Charleston, South Carolina, they high-tail it down to Florida or somewhere else.”
Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that the University of St. Francis will receive an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $649,677. The funding will be provided through the NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program and will help support the university with retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need.
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).
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced H.R. 7189, the Expanding Transparency of Information and Safeguarding Toxics (EtO is Toxic) Act of 2018. The legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) and its National Air Toxic Assessment (NATA) assessments in the Federal Registry where it would be accessible to state and local health agencies, other federal agencies, and international health organizations.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the release of the National Climate Assessment on the potential consequences of climate change on the United States. The National Climate Assessment is a report issued by 13 federal agencies and is mandated by Congress every four years to study the effects of climate change in the United States. This report estimated that climate change could reduce growth domestic product by ten percent by the year 2100.
AURORA, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement following a 60 Minutes interview in which President Trump claimed that scientific advice can be ignored on the grounds that scientists have a political agenda:
Aurora, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after it was announced that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, former director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy founder, Dr. Leon Lederman, had passed away at the age of 96:
Join Congressman Bill Foster for a discussion about mental health & substance use disorder.
Mental health problems and substance use disorders sometimes occur together. Many individuals who develop substance use disorders are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. However, addiction is more complex than a disease and more complex than a mental health issue.
This is event is FREE and open to the public.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Steven Knight (R-CA) announced that the bipartisan Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act was signed into law last week. The legislation authorizes $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.
Before being elected to Congress in 2008, Representative Bill Foster of Illinois, a Democrat, worked for more than 20 years as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. Now, as the only member of Congress with a Ph.D. in science, he says there is an urgent need for more scientists in politics.