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Proposed weapons cuts opposed

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By Roger Snodgrass

New Mexico’s senior senator criticized passage on Wednesday of a House spending bill, and the state’s only representative on the House appropriations committee was also the only member of the committee to vote against the proposed bill.

Speaking of a provision to terminate pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the energy and water appropriation proposal, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said the measure would leave the nation without capacity to respond to evolving security and technical challenges.

“This bill is worse than the status quo,” he said. “Pit production is necessary and I do not know of a single acceptable argument for the United States abandoning its production capacity.”

The proposal passed by voice vote with Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the only opposing voice.

In a statement afterward, Udall said he would work for changes in the final budget.

“(A)lthough this legislation contains many good provisions, it does not provide a path to the future for our national laboratories, and I could not support it,” he said.

Udall is running against Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. for Domenici’s Senate seat in the November election.


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