Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's recent cuts in federal funding to the High Energy Physics (HEP) program, which supports Batavia-based Fermilab, a major local employer and leading national research laboratory. Fermilab announced Tuesday a steep 9% cut in funding.
"The work done by scientists and researchers like those at Fermilab is essential to our economy by unlocking untapped potential for growth across countless job-supporting industries," Hultgren said. "On Friday, I sent a letter to the President co-signed by 17 members of Congress from around the country, Democrat and Republican, urging the White House to prioritize funding for essential scientific research and reverse their disproportionate slashing of the programs at Fermi; which threaten to undermine critical research and job creation initiatives at a time when we need them most."
"The Obama Administration has chosen to prioritize loan guarantees and industrial subsidies to their friends in the green energy business, rather than invest in the long-term scientific research that has the proven track record of benefiting our nation in every walk of life."
High Energy Physics has consistently led to breakthroughs that fuel economic growth, job creation and American competitiveness. Cancer treatments using proton and neutron therapy, MRI machines and the World Wide Web are all products of High Energy Physics research. Recently, the search and discovery of the Higgs Boson particle (aka "The God Particle") captured public attention like few other scientific accomplishments.