Physics Illinois Delegation Responds To Fermilab’s Predicament
Physics Illinois Delegation Responds To Fermilab’s Predicament WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Barack Obama (D-IL) and Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL) today sent the following letter to Jim Nussle, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), called for high-energy physics (HEP) programs to increase the next year’s funds, which supports investigative support in Framelab in the country and investigations in many other laboratories and universities worldwide. It is
Durban, Obama and Biggig Congress are in touch with the Customs and Consumer Committees and Energy Department, which is energy-related to address current financial situation and to avoid possible settings during fiscal year 2008. They also plan to call for an Illinois delegation meeting in January with representatives from Illinois labs and organizations to discuss a strategy to avoid potential job loss at Fermilab. The spending bill, approved by Congress this week, provided the HEP program with $88 million less than was requested. This challenges Fermilab’s ability to remain one
of the world’s preeminent research facilities after it has achieved outstanding success in research on neutrinos, the high energy frontier, and particle astrophysics.
Adequate funding for the labs is critical to ensure that our country maintains its technological edge and that we continue to add to our high-tech manufacturing base. Fermilab is the nation’s premier high-energy physics laboratory. The laboratory leads U.S. research into the fundamental nature of matter and energy, and in 2007, Fermilab’s researchers and facilities achieved results judged by the American Institute of Physics as among the Ten Top Physics Stories from around the world.
We are writing to you concerning a matter of critical importance to our country, to science in America, and to our global competitiveness. As you continue to finance the financial year 2009 presidential budget, we urge you to increase funds for the High Energy Physics (HAP) program in the Office of Energy in the energy sector.
As you know, the Congress has ratified the approved budget this week a huge blow on HEP, which reduced $ 88 million instead of the application. The budget rejected the funding for Nova’s Neutrino experience in Fermalab, and reduced the funds to research and development on international liner collarrers. This decline can eradicate the abrasive ability to stay one of the world’s famous research facilities. And this is at a time when Fermilab has achieved outstanding success, with significant results in each of its central areas of research: neutrinos, the high energy frontier, and particle astrophysics.
The facilities at Fermilab are essential for the basic scientific research that nurtures technological and scientific advances, and that fuels American innovation. Fermilab is one of a handful of our nation’s premier training sites for scientists, and a centerpiece of the system of DOE National Laboratories. Disruptive funding
shortfalls have ripple effects throughout the American scientific community, displacing today’s scientists and discouraging tomorrow’s. We must work together to restore funding in basic physics research to maintain America’s role as the innovator in technology, to retain our leading scientific institutions and their skilled workforces, and to provide opportunities for future scientists.
While we recognize the formidable challenges you face regarding the demands on the federal budget, we respectfully encourage you to increase the funding request for the Office of Science, particularly for the HEP program, in the President’s FY2009 Budget.