January 16, 2014
The spending bill the House passed on Wednesday includes a boost for nuclear weapons and a nonproliferation funding cut — but it’s not quite so simple.
A close read of the omnibus bill for fiscal 2014 appropriations shows that while the U.S. nonproliferation budget remains down from fiscal 2013 levels, some efforts to lock down dangerous nuclear materials actually could receive more funding than expected.
And while nuclear-weapons spending overall is on the rise, the bill would cut back some of the more controversial initiatives to modernize atomic warheads in the U.S. arsenal.
On the nonproliferation side, the legislation would provide $1.9 billion, $289 million less than Congress approved for fiscal 2013.
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