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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Bishop Supports Military, Veterans, MSU’s FRIB in Passage of ‘Make America Secure’ Appropriations Bill

July 27, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday passed the FY 2018 “Make America Secure Appropriations Act,” H.R. 3219, which includes Defense, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction-Veterans’ Affairs appropriations legislation. In response, Congressman Mike Bishop issued the following statement:


“The House has taken another positive step toward supporting our military and securing our border. Not only will our troops see a much-needed pay raise, but readiness operations will be improved across the world. I’m also pleased there is added funding to improve care for our VA patients through programs like mental health services and help for the homeless.”


The package includes full funding ($97.2 million) for MSU’s Facility for Rate Isotope Beams (FRIB) within the Energy and Water Appropriations, which Rep. Bishop also commented on:


“I am grateful for my colleagues who worked with us to meet the 2018 full funding request for Michigan State University’s Facility for Rate Isotope Beams. Once finished, the FRIB is anticipated to employ more than 1,400 highly-skilled researchers and will be the most powerful radioactive beam facility in the world. Bringing these new employees to the Eighth District will create major economic growth for our community and state, so we look forward to the project’s completion in just a few more years.”


Rep. 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