U.S. wants $85 million for nuclear complex
Nov. 19, 2010
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Washington called for investing more than $85 billion during the next decade to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, the White House said.
The White House said the National Nuclear Security Administration, the agency tasked with ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, lost 20 percent of its purchasing power during the administration of George W. Bush.
The White House said it was committed to modernizing the arsenal the agency that supports it. U.S. President Barack Obama called for $7 billion to fund the NNSA for 2011, which represents close to a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
Another $600 million would be tacked on to the funding measure for 2012, which the White House said was part of an $85 billion proposal for the next decade.
The funding measure proposed by the White House is more than $4.1 billion than a plan provided to U.S. lawmakers earlier this year.
"This level of funding is unprecedented since the end of the Cold War," the White House added in a statement.
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