ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The full House voted today to approve its version of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which proposes big budget cuts at Sandia and Los Alamos labs. Tom Udall, who represents Los Alamos, voted in favor of the cuts. Seems like it's worth sharing his statement explaining why in full:
"Congressman Udall strongly believes that it is necessary to direct increased funding towards energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, as this bill does. Congressman Udall voted for this bill because all of our national laboratories should be conducting critical energy research and science programs to address national security challenges. LANL scientists have the talent and drive to contribute to such a mission; we just need to ensure they have the opportunity.
The Congressman will be working during the conference to ensure that the funds in the Senate bill are included in any final bill to ensure LANL can transition its mission to these new national security priorities. However, we must also begin planning for the future and this year's appropriations process should serve as a strong signal to NNSA and LANS that the work at the lab must be diversified to meet current and emerging national security threats."