PEARCE: HOUSE VOTES TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY AND NEW MEXICO JOBS
Washington, DC (October 11, 2013) – Today, in a continued effort to reboot our nation’s government, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted to provide funding to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which provides critical funding to our nation’s labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos.
“Today’s vote to fund the NNSA is key to the security of our nation, and assures that the hard-working employees of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs will continue to have jobs,” said Pearce. “Our contractors and employees at Sandia and Los Alamos provide a vital service to our nation, which must continue without interruption – this legislation ensures that.”
“I thank Chairman Frelinghuysen and Leader Cantor for working with me to bring this legislation to the House floor,” Pearce continued. “With Los Alamos and Sandia announcing furloughs in the near future, I urge the Senate to quickly act on this legislation, not only for the thousands of New Mexico jobs it saves, but also for the security this bill provides.”
H.J.Res. 76 temporarily funds the NNSA through December 15, 2013, guaranteeing that our essential nuclear national security work continues. Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs receive roughly half of their yearly operating budgets from the NNSA’s budget. Without passage of this legislation, these labs will be forced to furlough employees – hurting our communities and the security of our nation.