Sen. Jones offers resolution to properly fund FRIB

Sen. Jones offers resolution to properly fund FRIB

LANSING— Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, on Wednesday introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 28, which memorializes congress to fully fund the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University.

"The fiscal year 2013 federal budget allocates $22 million to fund the FRIB," Jones said. "This amount is less than half of the agreed-upon $55 million needed to maintain this critically important scientific project on its schedule for completion of construction and the commencement the nation’s scientific research efforts."

The current proposed federal budget also includes funding for an International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The U.S. Department of Energy is asking to send $150 million to the ITER fusion project in France for fiscal year 2013.

"This amount is nearly three times more than what is needed to maintain FRIB, Jones said. "Clearly, American interests would be better served by fully funding projects within our borders rather than sending money overseas."