Press release: Bingaman talks highway bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about the Senate’s agenda for the week and addressed budget concerns at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

00:00 – Bingaman says the Senate will continue to debate a transportation bill that funds the country’s highway, transit and safety programs.

02:28 – Bingaman talks about the lack of federal funding in the fiscal year 2013 budget for LANL’s proposed, new Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Lab (CMRR).

03:58 – Bingaman comments on LANL’s announcement that it plans to eliminate 400 to 800 positions.

05:40 – Bingaman says he will work to ensure that adequate funding is available to maintain LANL’s current CMRR facility.

06:45 – Bingaman says he believes LANL will get the needed approval from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to go ahead with the elimination of positions at the lab.

08:17 – Bingaman says he will meet with the Department of Energy and NNSA to learn about what steps can be taken to minimize the adverse affects of budget cuts to LANL.

9:15 – Bingaman talks about continued US involvement in Afghanistan.

10:28 – Bingaman says he has met with LANL representative and community leaders to discuss concerns regarding the lab.