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Sep 21, 2017

Congressional Action Advances Big Complex Set for Albuquerque

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U.S. Senate and House leaders will be meeting in a conference committee to hammer out the final details of a $700 billion defense bill that includes funding for a new National Nuclear Security Administration complex in Albuquerque.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act has now passed the Senate on an 89 to 18 vote. All of the Senators from Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico voted in favor of the legislation.

A different version of the NDAA made it through the House several weeks ago.

An amendment to that legislation offered by New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich will provide at least $98 million for the construction of an office complex to replace NNSA’s current facility at the Kirtland Air Force Base.

Part of that facility was built in the 1950s and, according to NNSA officials, is in need of increased and costly maintenance, owing to its age.

As planned, a replacement facility, with a total $174 million price tag, will be comprised of a single structure, built to meet sustainability standards.

Once the conference committee works out the differences in the Senate and House versions of the legislation, it will be sent to President Trump for his signature.

The NNSA is dedicated to enhancing the nation’s security via the military application of nuclear science. Besides New Mexico, it has field offices in California, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. 

 

By Garry Boulard

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