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Pressure on Congress to fund the B61

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two recent letters from past and present government officials point to significant pressure on Congress to keep the fiscal pedal to the floor for the life extension program for the B61 nuclear bomb – a big ticket item for Sandia National Laboratories.

The first is a September letter from a group of retired generals and admirals, alleging that failure to fully fund the life extension program could at some point in the future jeopardize the reliability of our nuclear deterrent – an argument that members of Congress concern about escalating costs have thus far found unpersuasive:


The second is a Nov. 6 letter from the Secretaries of Defense and Energy to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Feinstein is one of the Senate’s leading critics of the rising cost of the B61 project. The secretaries, in the letter, seek to assure her of the project’s benefits:


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