Senate Stimulus Plan Slips in $1 Billion for Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

There has been so much discussion of what the Senate is cutting from the House version of the economic stimulus plan that it is easy to overlook the fact that the Senate version also adds new expenditures. Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, calls attention to one such add: $1 billion “for weapons activities” at the laboratories and factories run by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Created in 2000, the NNSA, a semi-autonomous agency within the Department of Energy, is responsible for overseeing the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. Since its inception, it has been plagued by controversies regarding inefficiency and lax security. The NNSA already has an annual budget of $9.1 billion, two thirds of which goes to “weapons activities.”

Cut the Nuclear Pork from the Stimulus Bill (by Joe Cirincione, Huffington Post)
Sign-On Letter Regarding Senate Stimulus Bill (Alliance for Nuclear Accountability)
No Rewards for Bad Behavior (by Ingrid Drake and Peter Stockton, Project On Government Oversight)


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