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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Pushes Congress to Support $68 Million for UR Laser Lab, Discover Energy Source of the Future

November 18, 2015
Press Release
University of Rochester Facility is Global Leader in Advanced Laser Technology, Supports 1,000 Jobs In Our Thriving Photonics Industry

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is pushing Congressional leaders to double-down on Monroe County’s high-tech photonics industry by including $68 million in support for the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in its annual budget. The laboratory at the University of Rochester conducts groundbreaking research into lasers and photonics that fuels Monroe County’s burgeoning high-tech economy and helps support more than 1,000 jobs. LLE houses two of the world’s most powerful lasers, contributes to the Department of Energy’s Stockpile Stewardship Program and advances the nation’s scientific and national security interests. Rep. Slaughter made the request in a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee as it considers the priorities for the FY16 budget.

“The LLE is a vital contributor to our national and global security, a critical component to the strategic work on an independent energy future, and an invaluable source of scientific leadership,” Rep. Slaughter wrote in the letter. “Continued federal investment in the LLE will advance the nation’s scientific leadership, strengthen our national security, foster the development of new technologies, grow our economy, and support efforts to find an affordable, plentiful, and efficient source of energy for the future.”

The full letter can be read here. 

The program supports more than 1,000 jobs and its National Laser User’s Facility conducts groundbreaking research while hosting hundreds of scientists from the world’s top universities.

Congresswoman Slaughter has a long history of supporting Rochester’s job-creating high-tech economy. Her longstanding support for the LLE has led to the infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars into the region. As recently as April of this year, Rep. Slaughter led the charge to prevent $7.5 million in budget cuts to LLE. Rep. Slaughter also led the successful effort to bring the $600 million photonics manufacturing institute to Rochester, which is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs.