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WASHINGTON — Congress’s one PhD-trained scientist is planning to join the march on Washington on April 22 — “not as a Democratic member of Congress, but as a scientist.”

Thousands of scientists and science advocates are expected to participate in the March for Science, and Congressman Bill Foster of Illinois, a Democrat and physicist, will join them. He’s even planning to return three days early from a congressional recess to attend.


But as to whether he views his participation as a rebuke to the president, Foster said, “The march itself is nonpartisan. It is in support of science, and I think that it’s an important distinction to be drawn.”

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