Regional
5:39 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Bingaman Hails Nuclear Funding Boost

New Mexico – The budget for United States nuclear weapons programs has received a 10 percent boost over funding levels for the 2010 budget year, an increase hailed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman but assailed by the leader of an anti-nuclear group.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans agreed this week, in a continuing budget resolution that funds government for the next two months, to support a $624 million increase for weapons work by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Bingaman, D-N.M., says the bill is "very good" for Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico.

But the director of the Los Alamos Study Group, Greg Mello, calls the measure shocking and questions why Congress and the Obama administration would prioritize the nuclear program over other issues.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.