U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) announces today that he voted for legislation that would increase the Department of Energy's nuclear security programs by $275 million, including important funding for weapons activities and nuclear nonproliferation work at New Mexico's national laboratories. The bill, H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2013, passed the House of Representatives Wednesday by a 255 to 165 vote.
"It's imperative both for New Mexico's economy and for our national security that we do all we can to provide the necessary financial support for our labs," said Rep. Heinrich. "When our labs thrive, New Mexico thrives."
H.R. 5235 provides a total of $11.3 billion for the Department of Energy's nuclear security programs--a $275 million increase from last year. This bill fully funds the president's budget request of $7.6 billion to modernize the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile and its supporting infrastructure, a five percent increase from last year. The bill also provides $2.3 billion for nonproliferation work.
The bill also includes an increase of $30 million for the Department of Energy to comply with a recent agreement with the State of New Mexico to complete environmental cleanup of transuranic waste stored above ground at LANL by the end of 2014.