Posted at: 06/28/2013 9:10 AM
Updated at: 06/28/2013 9:11 AM
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $55 million for the next step in the development of a $550 million physics research project at Michigan State University.
The move follows the House Appropriations committee's approval earlier in the week in the money for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Full congressional approval would let construction start in the coming fiscal year on the project, known as FRIB.
Michigan Democratic U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow praise the project as important to U.S. science and Michigan's economy.
The East Lansing school won a national competition to host the project in 2008. But budget concerns had threatened funding.
Backers have estimated that the project will create 5,000 construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs.
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