Congressman Randy Hultgren has announced the formation of the House Science & National Labs Caucus. Hultgren is joined by Congressmen Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM-03) and Alan Nunnelee (R-MS-01) who will serve as co-chairs of the new group, with other members of the 113th Congress expected to join next year.
The new caucus will concentrate on reinforcing federal investment in research and the national laboratories, as well as raise awareness in and out of Congress about the role they play in long-term economic growth.
“These laboratories, much like the rest of the economy, deserve certainty from the government so they can continue their important work with confidence,” Hultgren said.
Hultgren, named earlier this year as the Science Coalition’s Champion of Science, also represents Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. Fermilab has long been at the cutting edge of physics research, but also serves the community through outreach, teaching and technological advancement.
“National labs do much more than research,” Hultgren said. “Their reach can be seen in all sectors of the economy, and they help make America the most economically competitive country in the world.
“Congressmen Fattah, Lujan and Nunnelee understand the importance of this federal investment, and I am thankful for their leadership on this critically important issue.”
SOURCE: Randy Hultgren press release