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Nuclear Energy & Weapons

Given the central role that physical scientists have traditionally played in the history of nuclear energy and weapons, FYI covers major developments in nuclear energy and weapons policy, particularly as they relate to ongoing science policy matters.

 
7 Apr 2010

“As I stated last year in Prague, so long as nuclear weapons exist, we will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal that guarantees the defense of the United States, reassures allies and partners, and deters potential adversaries.  To that end, we are seeking substantial investments to improve infrastructure, strengthen science and technology, and retain the human capital we need to sustain our stockpile, while also strengthening the conventional capabilities that are an important part of our deterrent.

 
30 Jul 2014

Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  As previously noted in FYI #127, this bill was scheduled for action by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, but was pulled from consideration because of concerns about an expected amendment to the bill to restrict EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.  No new date has been scheduled.

 
15 Feb 2010

The Obama Administration requested a 13.4 percent increase in the FY 2011 budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Following the request of May 2009 that was essentially unchanged from the year before, funding for NNSA would increase to $11.2 billion in FY 2011.  NNSA is an independent entity within the Department of Energy to manage the country’s nuclear defense.  A Department of Energy FY 2011 congressional budget request document provides the following overview of NNSA’s approach in the nex

 
4 Feb 2010

Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology would increase by 7.3 percent or $62.3 million under the Obama Administration’s request sent to Congress on Monday. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke explained that "While the President's budget request freezes most domestic spending, NIST needs this increase to ensure we’re making the kind of future-oriented science and technology investments that ultimately create high-wage jobs and jump-start the economy."

 
20 Dec 2011

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R.

 
15 Sep 2011

The  Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Energy  and Water Development Appropriations Bill.   Senate Report 112-75  accompanies  H.R. 2354 and provides the committee’s funding and policy recommendations of  subcommittee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her colleagues.  This FYI excerpts selections from the 15  pages in this report pertaining to the National Nuclear Security Administration  (NNSA). Readers are urged to consult the report for all of the language  regarding a particular program.

 
15 May 2012

House  and Senate appropriators have completed work on the FY 2013 Energy and Water  Development Appropriations Bill.  The House   and  Senate   reports contain approximately 57 pages of funding and policy recommendations  for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).   Language  within each report stands, unless there is a conflict that will be resolved in  the final conference report.  This final  conference report

 
15 Mar 2012

National  Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino had been  testifying for only a few minutes when he spoke of the austere budget  environment as creating what he called a “burning platform” to “dramatically change  the way we do business.” 

 
23 Feb 2011

The  Administration has requested a 5.1 percent or $568.2 million increase for the  National Nuclear Security Administration for FY 2012.  Under this request, funding would increase  from the FY 2011 Administration request of $11,214.8 million to $11,782.9  million. 

An  FY 2011 appropriation bill has not been passed for the NNSA.  However, the Department of Energy has based  its comparisons on the FY 2011 request, and not on the FY 2010 appropriation.

 
14 Jul 2014

The House of Representatives has completed work on the appropriations bill funding the Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2015.  The $34 billion bill was passed last Thursday night by a vote of 253-170. 

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