Written by John Fleck
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
The Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Bill ...
... appears to strike back hard at cuts proposed by the House of Representatives, according to a summary just released by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The subcommittee is meeting as we speak, and our man in Washington, Michael Coleman, is there. In the meantime, we don't have the full report yet, so we've just got Pete's numbers to work with at this point. Here's what they say:
The House wanted to cut $396 million next year, as compared to this year's nuclear weapons budget. The Senate mark is $216 million above this year's spending.
The House wants to kill the Reliable Replacement Warhead. The Senate wants to fund it, to the tune of $66 million.
The CMR replacement building (the big plutonium lab up at Los Alamos) is dead in the House mark, funded in the Senate mark. The next-gen "consolidated plutonium center" is dead in both places. Stick a fork in it.
I'm still sorting through some of the details in the Domenici statement and, as I said, we don't have the full report yet (devil/details etc.). I'll have more later this afternoon, and Mike and I will have a full report in the newspaper that lands on your driveway tomorrow morning.