ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Members of a U.S. Senate committee want to restore funding for a multi-billion dollar new plutonium laboratory at Los Alamos after the funding request was rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives last month.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (
http://bit.ly/KUOxfr ) that the Senate Committee on Armed Services wants to restore about $150 million in spending for a replacement of the Chemistry and Materials Research building at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The committee would require that the replacement building to be operational four years earlier than officials have argued will be necessary.
A coalition of House Democrats and Republicans in late April agreed to zero out the project.
In House hearings, officials representing federal agencies testified that the Chemistry and Materials Research replacement project could be deferred for at least five years.
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