Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Plan Takes $700 Million From DOE.

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau

Weapons Work Boost Could Cut Into Research, Cleanup

WASHINGTON The Energy Department's budget would be slashed by $700 million next year under a budget President Bush sent to Congress on Wednesday, but the effect on national laboratories in New Mexico and other states remained unclear.

Defense-related spending by DOE, much of it concentrated at the nation's nuclear laboratories, including the Los Alamos and Sandia labs in New Mexico, would receive about $300 million extra under the Bush plan.

Included in that additional spending would be $275 million for maintaining the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. …

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