Congressman praises Fermilab’s work

Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL) (fifth from left) visited the MINOS experimental hall and tunnel during his visit to Fermilab on Wednesday, March 23.

Fermilab is vital to the long-term future of the nation, Congressman Randy Hultgren said Wednesday after touring the laboratory.

“I am so excited about the future at Fermilab,” he said. “I know this is a tough time but we will get through it and our best days at Fermilab are ahead of us.”

During his two-hour visit to the laboratory, Hultgren met with graduate students, postdocs and early-career scientists, toured the MINOS cavern and learned about Fermilab’s pioneering work in superconducting radio frequency technology at the Industrial Center Building.

Hultgren said that while Congress needs to implement cuts because of a mounting deficit the distribution of those cuts should be prioritized to protect the future of the nation. He stressed that he is talking with fellow legislators about the importance of Fermilab, science and the national laboratories. He also said that he wants to keep his focus on how to maintain the health of the laboratory 10 to 20 years from now.

“The works that is being done at Fermilab must continue to grow,” he said. “If we don’t do this work who will? It is the responsibility of the US government to do basic research.”

Video of Hultgren’s remarks is available on Fermilab’s website

— Tona Kunz

Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL) spoke at the Industrial Center Building at Fermilab on Wednesday, March 23.