Why Does Turner Want a Nuke Lab?

When Republicans and Democrats agree to cancel a billion dollar project, it is clear there was something very wrong.

Elephant_vs._DonkeyThere are few things that have real bipartisan consensus in Congress nowadays. So, when both parties agree to cancel a billion dollar boondoggle, it is clear that there was something very wrong with the project.

This past month, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees agreed with the Pentagon’s and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) decision to cancel a $6 billion plutonium laboratory in New Mexico—the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Despite this consensus, one member of Congress is leading the charge to put money for the CMRR-NF back into the budget.

During House Armed Services Committee’s May 9 markup of the National Defense Authorization Bill, House Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) successfully introduced two amendments that would take construction of the CMRR-NF out of the hands of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which says it can’t afford the facility and does not need it, and require the Department of Defense (DOD) to build and pay for it. Rep. Turner also added an additional $100 million for the CMRR-NF in the bill. To put the size of the project into context, this would be the largest construction project in New Mexico history.

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Source: Nickolas Roth, Center for International and Security Studies and Danielle Brian, Project on Government Oversight | The Hill