Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Date: June 1, 2012
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Science


Mrs. NOEM. Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank the gentleman from Illinois for yielding to me, and I appreciate working with him on this important amendment.

This amendment would increase funding for the Office of Science by $15 million while cutting an additional $15 million from the underlying bill.

Mr. Chair, the field of high-energy physics is becoming increasingly competitive; and without critical deep underground research spaces, we will continue to put our historic leadership in this area at risk, while continuing to send our best and brightest overseas to conduct their research.

But we can compete. Just this week in my State of South Dakota, the Sanford Underground Research Facility dedicated the Davis campus--4,850 feet underground. Later this year, this campus is scheduled to hold a dark matter detector that after only 4 days of operation stands to add more to our knowledge than all previous dark matter research experiments. We're not talking about subsidies and giveaways for ideas that are years or decades down the road. This is cutting-edge science that's within our grasp.

We need to make tough choices in our current budget situation, but we also need to recognize the role that U.S. research plays in our ability to compete and to innovate. So I urge my colleagues to support our ability to lead the world in underground science in a fiscally responsible way, and I urge support of this amendment.