U.S. Representative Judy Biggert, a senior member of the House Science and Technology Committee and long-time supporter of federal research and development efforts, issued the following statement after President Obama, joined by Argonne National Laboratory director Eric Isaacs and others, announced that $830.2 million in stimulus funds have been allocated to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science National Laboratories for research, equipment, and improvements:
"These are exactly the kind of job-creating, shovel-ready improvements that Congress should have focused more on in the stimulus bill. Investments in scientific research and development not only create jobs in the short term, they promote America's economic competiveness in the years to come. The $13.1 million allocated for Argonne will provide for much-needed electrical upgrades that will help advance research in computational and energy sciences, create as many as 300 local jobs, and free up funding for other initiatives in the future. These labs are facilitating the work that will help end our dependence on foreign oil, protect our environment, and improve health sciences. And most importantly, they support the innovations that foster economic growth. Despite this temporary boost, our focus must remain on supporting our scientific user facilities and sustaining the long-term research and development programs that keep America competitive in the global marketplace."
Editor's note: Today's announcement of $1.2 billion is the first installment of a total of $1.6 billion for the DOE Office of Science. DOE Officials are currently determining how to distribute the balance of $371 million.