Sending Office: Honorable Randy Hultgren
Sent By:
Andrew.Mooney@mail.house.gov

Deadline: March 15, 2018, 12:00 P.M. 

Dear Colleague:

We are writing to ask that you join us in sending the attached letter to the Appropriations Committee, urging the Committee to support 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.

As the nation’s primary sponsor of research in the physical sciences, the DOE Office of Science has built—and maintains—a unique collection of large-scale, cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind user facilities relied upon by more than 32,000 researchers annually.
Nearly half of these users are university faculty and students. Others come from U.S. industry and many are conducting research for other key federal science agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF),
and the Department of Defense (DOD). Without these critical facilities, thousands of users would be forced to move their job-creating research activities overseas, or terminate their research altogether.

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.

If you would like to sign on to the letter, please
fill out this online form
.   If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Mooney of Rep. Hultgren’s office at Andrew.Mooney@mail.house.gov, Levi Patterson of Rep. Luján’s office at
Levi.Patterson@mail.house.gov, Matthew Scott of Rep. Zeldin’s office at Matthew.Scott@mail.house.gov, or Samantha Warren of Rep. Foster’s office at Samantha.Warren@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

Randy Hultgren                 Ben Ray Luján                    Lee Zeldin                           Bill Foster           

Member of Congress     Member of Congress     Member of Congress     Member of Congress

 

 

 

The Honorable Mike Simpson                                    The Honorable Marcy Kaptur

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Energy and Water Development                                Energy and Water Development                                   

House Appropriations Committee                              House Appropriations Committee

H-305, U.S. Capitol                                                    1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:

As you begin work on the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, we write to express our strong support for robust and sustained funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.

We recognize that during these challenging economic times 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 2019. 

As the nation’s primary sponsor of research in the physical sciences, the DOE Office of Science has built—and maintains—a unique collection of large-scale, cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind user facilities relied upon by more than 32,000 researchers annually.
Nearly half of these users are university faculty and students. Others come from U.S. industry and many are conducting research for other key federal science agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF),
and the Department of Defense (DOD). Without these critical facilities, thousands of users would be forced to move their job-creating research activities overseas, or terminate their research altogether. 

The DOE Office of Science also supports a first-rate workforce of research scientists, engineers, and support personnel who work as teams on long-term solutions to some of the nation’s greatest challenges and who are ready to tackle pressing problems at
a moment’s notice. Moreover, it plays a unique and critical role in the education of the next generation of American scientific talent, including thousands of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at hundreds of U.S. institutions who depend upon DOE
Office of Science support and facilities for their research and training. 

This collection of research, facilities, and scientific talent has enabled the DOE Office of Science to contribute greatly to our quality of life, our health, and our security. The DOE Office of Science has been integral to the development of several innovative
technologies, including MRI machines and PET scans, new composite materials for military hardware and motor vehicles, medical and industrial isotopes, drop-in biofuel technologies, DNA sequencing technologies, more aerodynamic and fuel efficient long-haul
trucks, electric vehicle battery technology, an artificial retina, newer and safer nuclear reactor designs, 3-D models of pathogens for vaccine development, tools to manufacture nanomaterials, and better sensors and detectors for biological, chemical, and
radioactive materials.

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 2019. 

Sincerely,

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