Last Wednesday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Head over to the mothership for my full analysis of the bill. Here’s the summary:
Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and the rest of the members of the subcommittee deserve great credit for prioritizing essential nuclear and radiological material security and nonproliferation programs. While the House cut the budget for the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), the key program in the effort to secure and eliminate dangerous nuclear material worldwide at an accelerated rate, by $85 million below the administration’s FY 2012 request, the Senate fully funded it at the FY 2012 request, an increase of $72 million over the FY 2011 enacted level. The Committee should also be applauded for beginning to reign in excessive spending on nuclear weapons programs, while still providing more than enough funds to maintain a safe, secure, and reliable arsenal.