NNSA must show the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee a detailed plan to implement expanded program.

Hundred_Dollar_BillWASHINGTON, D.C. – Budget constraints might hinder the ability to grant President Obama’s request to increase spending for operations to ensure the safety and performance of the nation’s nuclear arsenal, key congressional leaders indicated.

The White House blueprint for the next federal budget calls for the National Nuclear Security Administration to receive a 5 percent funding hike to $11.8 billion. Of that amount, $7.6 billion would go in fiscal 2012 toward the agency’s “weapons activities,” including all efforts that directly support the nuclear stockpile.

Given the nation’s current fiscal situation, though, the likelihood of fulfilling the request seems doubtful, according to House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen.

“New resources will not be available unless they come from existing accounts,” Frelinghuysen said.

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Source: Martin Matishak | NTI: Global Security Newswire