Congressman Lipinski Secures $4 Million for Agriculture and Defense Related Project

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) announced today that $4 million for critical projects in Chicagoland will be included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Agriculture Appropriations bill and the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations bill, both of which the House is set to consider this week.

"If approved, these funds will help improve the safety of our food supply and increase the security of our troops in combat," said Rep. Lipinski.  "I am proud to have worked to secure funds for these worthy projects."

The Fiscal Year 2008 Agriculture Appropriations bill includes funding for the following project requested by Rep. Lipinski:

  • $3,000,000 for the National Center for Food Safety & Technology, run by the Illinois Institute of Technology, to continue conducting food safety, security and prevention technology research.  With recent events having raised awareness of the importance of food safety, this funding will facilitate research that will help ensure that Americans have a safe food supply. 

The FY 2008 Defense Appropriations bill includes funding for the following project requested by Rep. Lipinski:

  • $1,000,000 for continued research into Extreme-Condition Vehicle Tribology for Military Vehicle Technology at Northwestern University, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory.  Tribology is the science of the mechanisms of friction, lubrication, and wear of interacting surfaces that are in relative motion.  This project will focus on tribological technologies that would enable military vehicles to operate with crippled systems and under extreme conditions, such as large temperature difference, extremely high explosive temperature, and sandy dust, all of which are commonly encountered in combat.

These appropriations bills will be considered by the full House of Representatives this week.  If adopted by the House, the bills will be considered in a conference with the Senate, voted on by Congress, and then if approved sent to the President to be signed into law.

(August 1, 2007)


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