Obama Signs Spending Bill to Sustain Nuclear Programs

U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday signed an omnibus spending bill that includes funding for U.S. nuclear laboratory activities through September (see GSN, Feb. 27).

The law provides $6.38 billion to maintain the U.S. nuclear stockpile and $1.48 billion for nonproliferation efforts, including finding and securing loose nuclear materials, according to a release from New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman (D).

Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Steven Chu yesterday outlined the agency's basic nuclear security goals while testifying before the Senate Budget Cmmittee on his fiscal 2010 budget request.

"To enhance our security, the budget increases our efforts to secure and dispose of nuclear material and invests in innovative technology to detect and deter nuclear smuggling and weapons of mass destruction programs. Under this budget, development work on the Reliable Replacement Warhead will cease, while we will continue to make investments to ensure the nuclear stockpile’s safety, security, and reliability. We will also improve performance and accountability for the environmental legacy of the nation’s nuclear weapons program," he told the Senate Budget Committee.

Fiscal 2010 begins Oct. 1 (Greg Webb, Global Security Newswire, March 12).

March 12, 2009
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U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday signed an omnibus spending bill that includes funding for U.S. nuclear laboratory activities through September (see GSN, Feb. 27).