Congressman Jim Matheson today voted against a federal spending bill that puts funding back into the budget for a nuclear warhead study--funding that the House bill denied. Matheson voted against HR 3183 -- the conference report on 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations.
"I have repeatedly said no to funding any new nuclear weapon that could eventually lead to a resumption of nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test site," said Matheson. "The House has repeatedly said no to any more funding for new nuclear weapons absent a comprehensive review of our national nuclear strategy."
Matheson said the conference report includes $45 million of the National Nuclear Security Administration's original $65 million request to study refurbishment of the B61 nuclear warhead. As a concession to the House opposition to any funding, the conference bill limits the NNSA from spending $16 million on the study until the Pentagon-lead Nuclear Posture Review is completed and answers whether the B61 refurbishment is necessary.