U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) today issued the following statement regarding Wednesday's announcement of new data supporting the existence of a theoretical particle known as the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that may help to explain the nature of mass:
"This new evidence for the Higgs boson is the culmination of decades of study, much of which was conducted right here at Fermi by brilliant men and women who call the Chicago area home. It's a monumental breakthrough that will help solidify our understanding of the universe. I'm grateful to the scientists, engineers, and physicists who made it happen, and hope their work continues to inspire our students to pursue these exciting fields. We can't know for certain where the science will lead, but we know it's worth doing because history has shown over and over that fundamental research leads to unexpected leaps in computing, energy, health care, and other vital areas of study. These are great goals, and I'll continue to push my colleagues in Congress and on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee to keep America competitive through support for our research institutions."
Biggert, Co-Chair of the House Research and Development Caucus, is the lead author of an annual letter in support of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, which funds research at Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories in suburban Chicago. This March, Biggert's letter to the House Appropriations Committee was co-signed by a bipartisan group of 59 Members of Congress.