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Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of this bill.

Since coming to Congress, I have been advocating for increased resources for research in the physical sciences and for the Department of Energy Office of Science in particular. I just really am most gratified that the chairman and the ranking member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee fully supported the President's request for funding for the DOE Office of Science.

As the Nation's primary supporter of research in the physical sciences, the DOE Office of Science led the way in creating a unique system of large-scale, specialized, often one-of-a-kind facilities for scientific discovery.

I also want to express my appreciation for the funding provided for the Energy Supply Account. This bill before us contains vital work in fossil energy, nuclear energy, renewable energy and conservation. Such a diverse portfolio of technologies is necessary to secure our energy future. These technologies represent wise investments and deserve broad support.

At the same time, I want to register my concern about the decreased funding for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, or GNEP. We must begin developing advanced fuel cycle technologies now. I know the chairman of the subcommittee appreciates this fact and wants DOE to do it right. So do I, which is why I look forward to continuing our work on this issue of common interest.


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