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President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
March 12, 2009
President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, which continues the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world.
The Energy and Water title of the bill provides no funding for the reliable replacement warhead — a new nuclear weapon proposed by the previous Bush administration — and does not provide appropriations for expansion at National Nuclear Security Administration sites, which are responsible for U.S. nuclear weapons manufacturing. These levels also reflect the outline for spending put forth in the administration’s budget for fiscal year 2010.
In contrast, the bill increases spending for the Global Threat Reduction Initiative and nuclear non-proliferation programs, two programs designed to deter the build up and use of nuclear weapons.
It also is notable that the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), which seeks to create domestic and international nuclear fuel supplies, receives no funding in the bill.
Unfortunately, the Energy and Water title of the bill also provides funding for coal and nuclear power, two of the dirtiest and most dangerous energy sources available. PSR is disappointed by this addition to the appropriations bill but is encouraged by many of the provisions in the legislation that will support clean, renewable energy.