New Mexico’s national laboratories would recieve an increase in funding from the 2021 defense spending bill before the U.S. Senate, if approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump.
Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive $3.22 billion, up from $2.3 billion in fiscal year 2020, through the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons and security programs, while Sandia National Laboratories would receive $2.6 billion, an increase of $330 million over fiscal year 2020, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich announced last week.
The state’s military installations and other scientific research facilities will also receive funding through the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which advanced to the Senate floor in a 25-2 vote by the Senate Armed Forces Committee. Heinrich is a member of the committee.
“The people of New Mexico make tremendous contributions to our national security and work at the forefront of cutting-edge research and development,” Heinrich said in a news release. “This bipartisan bill supports our service members and their families, and includes provisions I fought for to strengthen New Mexico’s military installations, national laboratories, WIPP, Spaceport America, and leadership in the future of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, directed energy, and space.”