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The first round of budget proposals looks unusually favorable for Los Alamos National Laboratory next year. The FY2011 Department of Energy budget announced Monday called for an extra $393 million for the nuclear weapons laboratory.
The prospective raise comes after a leveling period and at a time when other discretionary parts of the budget are expected to be flat or worse.
Altogether the Obama administration proposed a $3.83 trillion budget for the nation that comes with a $1.27 trillion deficit.
A rationale for increases in the nuclear weapons area was spelled out by Vice President Joe Biden in an op-ed piece Friday in the Wall Street Journal, where he declared that the budget would reverse a decade-long decline in which “our laboratories and facilities have been under-funded and undervalued.”
The subhead made the point even more explicit: “We will spend what is necessary to maintain the safety, security and effectiveness of our weapons,” Biden wrote, spelling out a commitment for supporting the work of maintaining the nuclear stockpile and containing potentially dangerous nuclear material around the world.