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A day after the Department of Energy released the administration’s budget request for the next fiscal year, the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee discussed funding issues with Secretary Samuel Bodman.Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the committee chair, pressed the secretary for an explanation for the elimination of the DOE’s weatherization program.Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., used his share of time, in part, to encourage the department’s science funding, particularly at Los Alamos National Laboratory.“Since the new management has been in place, I’ve encouraged them to build a new science program,” he said.He told Bodman that the laboratory needed to refurbish the linear accelerator at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center (LANSCE).“This facility is badly in need of an upgrade to sustain the lab capability into the future,” he said.
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