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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Bishop Applauds House Appropriations Effort to Continue Full Funding for FRIB at MSU

July 12, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Mike Bishop, whose district includes Michigan State University, issued the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, meeting the full funding request of $97.2 million for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at MSU:

“The House has taken another positive step toward 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 House Appropriations Committee for continuing the full funding of the Facility for Rate Isotope Beams at Michigan State University.

“Once completed, FRIB will be the most powerful radioactive beam facility in the world and employ more than 1,400 scientists and researchers. These talented individuals will have the tools to make significant advances in the nuclear physics and medical fields, putting America at the forefront of numerous research initiatives. Bringing these new employees to Michigan State University will also create major economic growth that our district and state can enjoy for years to come.

“We must ensure FRIB’s completion remains on target. I will continue working with Congress and the administration to help deliver the project’s long-term benefits for Michigan State University and our community.”

Bishop has made FRIB a priority since entering into Congress in 2015. He has led multiple letters to the House Appropriations Committee, requesting full funding for FRIB and voting accordingly.

  • DELEGATION LETTER: To House Appropriations Committee on March 17, 2015 – requesting full funding
  • DELEGATION LETTER: To House Appropriations Committee on March 15, 2016 – requesting full funding
  • DELEGATION LETTER: To House Appropriations Committee on March 30, 2017 – requesting full funding
  • BISHOP LETTER: To House Appropriations Committee Chairman on June 8, 2017 – addressing administration’s proposed cuts to FRIB for FY 2018

FRIB funding numbers can be found on page 126 in the Committee’s FY 2018 Energy and Water report.