Meet Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R) New Jersey- Expected to Become Chair of Committee that Funds Science, Technology, and Health.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a moderate Republican and science advocate is currently slated to run the House Appropriations Committee. 

When the 115th Congress convenes in January, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.), will be in line to chair the House Appropriations Committee, which writes the annual federal spending bills for Science and Technology.

The committee controls the purse strings for federal programs in science, health and other areas, and typically allocates funds after the House Budget Committee provides broader spending guidelines each year. Frelinghuysen is running unopposed for the chair.

Rep Frelinghuysen, a Republican who has supported abortion rights and said humans “have some effect” on climate change, has pledged to work vigorously to fund science, technology and health-related research.

He has been a strong proponent of NIH funding, and has previously supported: H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which the House passed to provide the NIH with $32 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. (This level was an increase of $2 billion above FY15 and $900 million above the President’s request.)

Rodney Frelinghuysen sits on the following committees:

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen has been quoted as saying

 “I will continue my advocacy for science and mathematics education, research, and development at all levels.  I strongly believe that research and development and innovation in our laboratories and in our schools is what makes our country stronger.  That focus helps Americans live longer and healthier lives and allows for our workers to compete against nations like China and India in a truly global marketplace. And, mathematics and science education bolster our homeland security and national defense.”

His home State of New Jersey boasts:

  •  A highly skilled workforce, with the greatest concentration of scientists, technicians and engineers in the nation.
  • New Jersey’s rank of seventh in the number of Ph.D. scientists and engineers per 1,000 workers reflects the state’s thriving intellectual community.
  • New Jersey ranks third in bioscience venture capital investments and fourth in the number of bioscience patents, reflecting a spending level of $1.3 billion.
  • New Jersey is among the Top 10 states for the attainment of Bachelor Degrees in the population ages 25-44.
  • The number of employees at New Jersey biotechnology companies increased 50% to 15,000 over the past three years.
  • 3,100 life science establishments operate in New Jersey directly supporting 70,000 jobs.


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