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Contact your House Representative to Support the 2015 Holt Fusion Dear Colleague Letter

Rezwan Razani - April 08, 2013

Hey Everyone!  Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) is currently circulating a dear colleague letter, to be sent to the House Appropriations Committee, requesting strong funding for the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences in FY 2015.  If this is something you agree with, please contact your Representative today and ask them to sign the letter.  The more people contact their Reps, the more we get the message across that people want fusion!

An Annual Undertaking

The information below pertains to the 2013 Dear Colleague letter.  It’s now 2014, and Rep Holt is circulating a letter for FY2015.  I’ll update this post soon.  For now, bear in mind the deadline for this letter is Friday, March 28th.  If your representative has not yet signed onto this bipartisan letter, I encourage you to follow up with their staff and ask that they do so.  Staffers often wait until they have heard from constituents before signing onto an appropriations letter, so it is important that your voice is heard. 

Currently, 25 Representatives have signed onto the letter thus far.  Has yours?  Contact them and tell them to sign on.  If they’ve signed, thank them!  Either way, it’s important for them to hear from you.  Contact information below:

How to contact your Representative

An email will do, as will a phone call or a letter.  There is a deadline, so act now!  Find your representative here, using your zip code!

The Dear Colleague Letter

Here is the substance of the letter.

Support Safe, Clean, and Sustainable Fusion Energy in FY14
From: The Honorable Rush Holt
Date: 4/5/2013

Support Funding for the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences in FY 2014
*Deadline: COB April 10th*

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in sending the attached letter to the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee requesting adequate funding in FY2014 for both the domestic fusion program and the international ITER fusion project within the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (OFES).

Fusion power is a safe, clean, and sustainable energy source that can provide the United States with energy independence and a nearly limitless energy supply in a time-scale that matters and at a cost that we can afford.  The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences is working to make this energy source a reality by providing funding to a wide variety of fusion laboratories and research programs throughout the United States and by contributing to the international ITER fusion project.

Cuts to OFES have threatened the U.S. fusion program and failure to adequately fund OFES in FY2014 could have a devastating impact on both U.S. and international fusion programs to which the U.S. is a major partner.  Both of these investments are vital to achieve the goals of the U.S. fusion program and will provide critical information that will help usher in the commercialization of fusion energy.  The domestic program is key to developing the scientific basis for fusion, establishing the foundation for the next steps in the U.S. fusion program, and providing scientific advances for ITER.  The pursuit of this vital energy source, both domestically and through ITER, drives important areas of science and technology and has bred a first-rate fusion workforce in the United States.

Our letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee requests adequate funding for the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences in FY 2014.  With an appropriate funding level, the United States can maintain its position as a world leader in fusion research, avoid layoffs, and help make commercial fusion a reality.

To sign onto the letter, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Rackens of Rep. Holt’s staff.

Rush Holt
Member of Congress


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