House Approves NNSA Temporary Funding

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 248-176 Friday to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration through Dec. 15. NNSA is the agency that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

“Today’s vote to fund the NNSA is key to the security of our nation, and assures that the hard-working employees of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs will continue to have jobs,” said Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. “Our contractors and employees at Sandia  and Los Alamos provide a vital service to our nation, which must continue without interruption – this legislation ensures that … with Los Alamos and Sandia announcing furloughs in the near future, I urge the Senate to quickly act on this legislation, not only for the thousands of New Mexico jobs it saves, but also for the security this bill provides.”

H.J.Res. 76 guarantees essential nuclear national security work continues, Pearce said. 

“Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs receive roughly half of their yearly operating budgets from the NNSA’s budget. Without passage of this legislation, these labs will be forced to furlough employees – hurting our communities and the security of our nation,” Pearce said.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M, and Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.,voted against the measure to fund the agency without reopening the rest of the government, saying New Mexico’s national laboratories require the certainty and stability of a full funding bill.

The funding bill is headed for the U.S. Senate for a vote.

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