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Congressional R&D Caucus co-chairs join scientists, engineers and graduate students
Date:3/4/2008

A group of prominent scientists and engineers, joined by Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, spoke out today about the need for more federal funding for scientific research.

The scientists, engineers and students were among more than 250 who participated in an annual Congressional Visits Day, sponsored by the Science-Engineering-Technology (SET) Working Group.

We have come in mass this week from around the country to carry a single message to Capitol Hill: research is an investment, not an expense, said Dr. Russell Lefevre, adjunct professor of physics and electrical engineering at the University of North Dakota and President of IEEE-USA. Federally funded research secures the nations future. This year more than ever we need to make our voices heard to ensure that the under-funding of key science agencies ends.

The group was joined by the Co-Chairs of the Congressional R&D Caucus, Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), both of whom share a strong commitment to science and technology research and education. Rep. Holt is one of the few scientists in Congress and the former assistant director of the largest research facility at Princeton University. Among his many achievements in Congress is helping to secure more than $700 million in new federal funding for science and technology research. We owe our current economic strength, national security, and quality of life to investments of past generations to education and research and development, Holt said. However, the federal government has not been living up to our responsibility to continue this investment and robustly fund education, research and development, and innovation. Federal investment in these areas ensures that the American people will continue to benefit from the opportunities of a rapidly growing economy. Federal investment will also spur investment from the priva
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