The pre-holiday passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill mirrors George Bush’s misguided priorities and is yet one more signal that we need new leadership in Washington.
This appropriations bill cuts funding for science; with the cuts in the High Energy Physics (HEP) hitting Fermilab’s budget the hardest. The $62 million cut to Fermilab will result in zero funding for NOvA, a cutting edge Neutrino program, and the majority of funding for research and development for the International Linear Collider (ILC). The NOvA program and the ILC research and development were the basic plan for Fermilab’s survival after the Tevatron was scheduled to shut down. These cuts greatly jeopardize the prospect of the ILC coming to the Fox Valley and the future of Fermilab itself.