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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Introduces Legislation Supporting Global Science at Fermilab and Argonne

Nov 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has introduced the Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act, H.R. 4377, legislation which authorizes world-class scientific research at Fermilab, Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“The crown jewel in our nation’s research ecosystem—our national labs—lead the world in groundbreaking scientific research and employ thousands of scientists working on vital experiments. Open to the entire research community and other federal agencies, these facilities are the envy of the world, and other nations working to catch up and replicate our success. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science operates and maintains this large-scale research infrastructure which no single university or business has the capacity to propose,” said Congressman Randy Hultgren. “I introduced the Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act to ensure the United States remains the destination for the best and brightest in the world to continue their work exploring the outer reaches of our scientific knowledge. The research done at these facilities, and the technology they produce, reaffirms American leadership in fields that will improve lives and increase domestic jobs here in Illinois.”

The Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act:

  • Supports the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) which will host the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), an international project hosted by Fermilab to probe the fundamental properties of subatomic particles known as neutrinos. The project already has the support of nearly 1,000 scientists from 30 different countries, the European physics facility CERN has committed to contributions for the first time going outside of their lab, and the United Kingdom recently pledged $88 million to be a part of the project. The facility will contribute to nearly 2,000 jobs at Fermilab. Congressman Hultgren was recently at the groundbreaking in South Dakota where the far detector will be held. 
  • Upgrades to the Advance Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory are authorized in this legislation to maintain its world leadership status as the premier x-ray science facility. APS is used by nearly 6,000 researchers every year, with more than 1,000 users from Illinois. The wide ranging applications of this facility have led to two Nobel prizes in Chemistry, treatments for HIV, and improvements in advanced manufacturing.
  • Upgrades at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source help probe material properties at the atomic level with the most intense pulsed neutron beam in the world.  The Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee called these upgrades “absolutely central to contribute to world leading science.”