The Continuing Resolution for FY13 has been approved and sent to the President. NNSA gets its full funding for FY13, no sequester cuts. Is this good news for the Lab? Does it mean furlough won't be necessary is year?
House Approves Full Funding for NNSA Nuke Work
March 21, 2013
By Chris Schneidmiller
Global Security Newswire
-- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved full funding for
nuclear weapons operations at a branch of the Energy Department in a
budget that will keep the federal government operating through the rest
of this fiscal year.
The Senate voted for the continuing
resolution legislation on Wednesday, leaving only President Obama's
signature necessary for it to become law.
Security Administration operations to maintain a safe, secure and
reliable nuclear arsenal are to receive $7.6 billion in fiscal 2013,
which ends on Sept. 30. That is the amount sought by the Obama
Another $110 million would be used for "domestic
uranium enrichment research, development and demonstration" at the
agency that oversees research laboratories and other components of the
nuclear arms complex, according to the spending plan. That is $40
million less than requested by the White House.
continuing resolution provides federal funding through March 27. The new
legislation would provide full-year appropriations levels for a handful
of departments, including Defense, Homeland Security and Commerce. Most
other agencies would be restricted to funding at fiscal 2012 levels,
lawmakers also approved $519 million though Sept. 30, 2015, for the
Pentagon's Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which aims to secure or
eliminate unconventional weapons and materials in the former Soviet
Union and beyond.
Another $1.3 billion would be directed toward Defense Department chemical weapons disposal operations.
proud that we were able to reach across the aisle -- and across Capitol
Hill -- to produce a meaningful, bipartisan bill that funds the
government responsibly," House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal
Rogers (R-Ky.) said in provided comments. “With the approval of this
measure, we have laid the foundation for thoughtful and responsible
consideration of appropriations bills, and can now focus our attention
on next year’s work. I encourage the President to sign this bill into
law without delay.”
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