House Committee Approves Funding for FRIB at MSU
Today, the House Appropriations Committee advanced legislation funding programs at the Department of Energy for the 2019 federal budget year. The legislation includes federal funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University.
The legislation meets MSU’s request for $75 million in funding in 2019.
Congressman John Moolenaar, a member of the House Appropriations Committee has toured FRIB, and he worked with Congressman Mike Bishop, who represents MSU in Congress, to advocate for the funding.
Congressman Moolenaar released the following statement:
“This funding supports world-class research at Michigan State and it is already bringing talent, jobs, and millions of dollars to mid-Michigan. I look forward to seeing FRIB construction continue at MSU and I appreciate Congressman Bishop's help in making this funding possible.”
Congressman Bishop led a letter to the Appropriations Committee and advocated for the project with his colleagues. He made the following statement:
“The House Appropriations Committee’s action today is a positive step towards securing America’s role as a global leader in nuclear and medical research, and it’s happening right here in Michigan’s Eighth District. I applaud Congressman Moolenaar and my colleagues on the committee for continuing the full funding of the Facility for Rate Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University. Once finished, FRIB is anticipated to serve more than 1,400 highly-skilled researchers–creating major economic growth for our community and state. I will continue working with Congress and the administration to ensure FRIB remains funded and on schedule for completion.”