Science and Technology
Science is at the heart of American innovation. From the pre-Revolutionary War era to today, American scientists have spearheaded many of the world's most impactful technological marvels, producing life-saving, job-creating advances that have deepened human understanding and improved our quality of life in countless ways.
As a member of the influential Science, Space and Technology Committee, I am leading the fight to hold the Obama Administration's feet to the fire when it comes to their misplaced priorities in the field of science, decisions that are costing American jobs and limiting our ability to remain a global leader in groundbreaking scientific research and discovery. Under White House policy, money is being diverted away from fundamental research to pay for subsidies to the alternative energy industry. This must end.
As a co-founder and leading member of the Science and National Labs Caucus, I am active in advancing the role that science plays in unlocking the potential for economic growth and job creation here at home in Illinois and across the United States. The 14th Congressional District is home to Fermilab, one of our 19 outstanding national laboratories and a global leader in basic scientific research. Fermilab houses hundreds of scientists from around the globe and is on the forefront of high energy physics, particle beam acceleration and technology transfer.
In Congress, I will continue to be a strong and effective advocate for our National Labs as well as STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for all students for they are our next generation of leaders in American innovation. Together with my colleagues Representatives Lipinski (D-IL), Davis (D-CA) and Hanna (R-NY), I am proud to co-chair the bipartisan STEM Education Caucus to champion these essential skills.
The Science, Space and Technology Committee has important oversight responsibilities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science. Through hearings, audits, and reports we are waging the fight for America’s continued investment in basic research and its contributions to healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and other job-producing benefits.
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Campton Hills, IL — On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) hosted a STEM Scholars graduation ceremony featuring Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer and Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, via SKYPE. In addition, STEM Scholars Sofia Ballesteros, Sabrina Lutfiyeva and Sophie McComb delivered remarks on their experiences over the past year.
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States:
Washington, DC — The U.S. House today passed H.R. 5907, the NIMBLE Act, without opposition. The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14), allows National Laboratories to more easily work with outside researchers by removing red tape in the Department of Energy approval process.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) announced applications are being accepted for STEM Scholars, a 14th Congressional District youth leadership program encouraging highly-motivated and energetic high school students to become ambassadors in their communities for the possibilities provided by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (#STEMScholars).
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement today following the announcement that Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) will not be seeking reelection this year: