Rep. Bill Foster to support Iran nuclear deal: Only physicist in Congress

SHARE Rep. Bill Foster to support Iran nuclear deal: Only physicist in Congress

WASHINGTON – Rep. Bill Foster D-Ill., said Tuesday he will support the Iran nuclear deal, with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz joining him in the announcement on Capitol Hill to throw a spotlight on securing the backing of the only physicist in Congress.

“After closely studying the technical details of the Iran nuclear agreement, I am proud to be announcing my support for the deal. I believe this deal is our best opportunity to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and encourage my colleagues in Congress to join me in supporting it,” Foster told the Sun-Times.

Foster earned a Ph.D in physics from Harvard and spent 22 years as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside of Chicago.

Foster has spent the summer studying the highly technical agreement, getting 15 briefings – the latest last week – focusing on the science behind the agreement between Iran and six nations, including the U.S.

He is an important yes vote for President Barack Obama because his scientific credentials makes Foster a special validator for the agreement.

My column on Foster’s approach to making a decision on the deal – and his special responsibility as one who could actually understand it – is HERE.

At the press conference in the Cannon House office building, Foster and Moniz were joined by Richard Garwin, a physicist who helped develop the first hydrogen bomb.

The Latest
They re-signed the third-string quarterback to a one-year deal Friday.
Completed in the 1970s by artist Ruth Duckworth, “Clouds Over Lake Michigan” replicates “a sort of topographical grid you’d see on satellite views.”
Rebuild Illinois has earmarked money for a river port in Cairo, extending a passenger rail line near Belleville, and helping developer Elzie Higginbottom erect an apartment building and hotel in Chicago’s Illinois Medical District.
Five violations were by batters, eight by pitchers and one by a catcher as all MLB teams opened on the same day for the first time since 1968.
“It’s about the things we’ll truly fight for — and need to fight for — as a country, if we want to be a country that is respected,” Lewis says of the play, written more than 40 years ago.