ALBUQUERQUE—Rep. Tom Udall, who has been criticized by his opponents in the U.S. Senate race for supporting a bill that sharply cut funding to Los Alamos National Laboratory, assured lab workers that he would fight for the lab's future.

Udall, D-N.M., made the remarks Thursday in a town hall speech at the northern New Mexico nuclear weapons. The lab is in Udall's congressional district.

"I stand staunchly behind the men and women of LANL and will continue to work in every way and in every aspect to ensure that the future of the lab—rather than the status quo—is protected," Udall said, according to a transcript released after the speech.

A Udall spokeswoman said lab officials barred reporters from attending the speech, which was delivered in a secure area of the lab and broadcast to employees via an internal video network.


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