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Senate panel votes to restore LANL funds

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By Roger Snodgrass

A Senate subcommittee this morning proposed to restore funding for a major construction project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but agreed with the House on withholding funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) project that the Bush Administration requested.

Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee called the Senate proposal for the Department of Energy, Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation, “one of the most inadequately funded bills,” under consideration.

“There is no relationship between this bill and what people want to have done,” he said.

Still, he found a number of positive provisions to mention in the FY09 spending measure, including “new investments for science facilities and science based stockpile stewardship.”

Funding has “come down a tiny bit” for the defense labs, “but when you look at the overall picture, they are adequately funded,” he said.

He said the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility buildings were funded.

“The money is in there to finish them,” he said, “and the pit program is funded.”


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