Udall Secures Federal Funding For Research, Construction At Federal Labs
Lawmaker assured that NIST fence funding won't come from research programs
(Washington, DC)Congressman Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) has secured critical federal research and construction funding for the Department of Commerce federal labs in Boulder. During debate on H.R. 2862, The Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Act for 2006, Udall also got assurances from a key lawmaker that funding for a proposed fence around the Boulder facilities is not included in the House bill and that fence monies should not come from important research programs.
The Commerce Department has proposed building a security fence around the campus where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) labs are located. Local residents and city officials have been concerned because the department has not made clear the nature of the security threat, the proposed timetable for building the fence, or how it proposes to pay for it.
Udall pointed out that the labs fared well despite budget constraints, and while there is no money in the 2006 spending bill for a security fence, funding for the fence should not come from research and construction accounts.
"It would not be right to reduce funding for research, operations, or other needed construction work at NIST and NOAA in Boulder to pay for a fence. So I am pleased that Rep. Wolf agreed that if this fence is to be built, it should not be done at the expense of ongoing research or capital improvements to these laboratories," said Udall. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) is the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees funding for the federal labs.
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