Senate panel OKs Jones’ FRIB funding resolution

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Energy and Technology Committee on Thursday approved Sen. Rick Jones’ resolution urging Congress to continue funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University.

“The FRIB will be the world’s most powerful facility of its kind when it is completed in 2021,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “It will more than double the research opportunities available in the field of nuclear physics and help scientists make discoveries that could lead to important breakthroughs in medicine and help strengthen our national security.

“The FRIB will provide a huge benefit for Michigan and the entire country, but continuation of federal funding is essential to keeping its construction on time and on budget.”

Senate Resolution 29 says that the FRIB will contribute an estimated $4 billion in statewide economic activity over the course of its lifespan. The resolution also notes that the U.S. Department of Energy has committed to fund the FRIB’s annual operation expenses through 2040, totaling about $1.9 billion.

“This resolution is about calling on our federal government to live up to its word and continue the critical funding that will provide for cutting-edge scientific research at the FRIB,” Jones said. “While the FRIB is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs and strengthen Michigan’s economy, it’s about much more than that. It is about investing in our future and putting our best minds at work here in Michigan to improve the world.”