Rep. Wild Secures Funding to Benefit Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University in House-passed Government Funding Bill

June 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) announced House passage of federal funding that she requested for multiple programs at the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, and National Institute of Health (NIH) that will go toward research programs at Lehigh University and Pennsylvania State University.

“I believe our federal budget should reflect our values, that’s why ensuring university programs in the greater Lehigh Valley have the funds they need to continue delivering for our community was one of my top priorities during the appropriations process,” Wild said. “This funding will help our higher education institutions continue their first-rate research, stimulate growth of our local and national economy, and allow the greater Lehigh Valley to be a national leader in solving the most pressing challenges of our time.”

"Lehigh is grateful for these affirmative steps that the House has taken to provide sustained federal funding for university research - particularly in the DOE Office of Science, the Institute of Education Sciences, and Defense Research Sciences - all high priorities,” said Alan Snyder, Lehigh University’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. “We recognize the importance of making smart, strategic decisions about federal spending, and we greatly appreciate Rep. Wild's assistance in gaining Congress' support for university research and education - vital public goods that benefit our country."

Wild visited the labs of the biological sciences department at Lehigh University and saw how this funding can directly benefit the cutting edge research these universities and their students conduct.

Wild played a key role in securing funding by formally requesting the House Appropriations Committee include the following items in the Defense and Energy and Water funding bills that passed the House today.

  • Office of Fusion Sciences- bill funds at a level of $688 million—an increase of $124 million from the enacted FY19 level.  Included in that is $438 million for U.S. research programs and $230 million for U.S. hardware contributions to ITER.
  • Office of Science- bill funds at a level of $6.8 billion. 
  • Columbia Class Submarine Supplier Development- bill funds procurement of the Columbia Class submarines in the amount of $21.7 million.
  • Advanced Submarine System Development- bill funds the Advanced Submarine System Development at $148.7 million.
  • Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles- bill funds Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Procurement in the amount of $68.3 million.
  • Defense Research Sciences- bill funds Defense Research Sciences at $323.4 million.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) – bill funds NIH at $41 billion—an increase of $2.2 billion from FY19.