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Newhouse Statement on FY 2018 House Appropriations for Hanford, PNNL

July 12, 2017
Press Release
House Appropriations Bill Restores $54 Million in Cuts to Hanford Cleanup in President’ Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which appropriates funding for Hanford cleanup. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Rep. Newhouse worked with colleagues to reverse the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the Richland Operations Office (RL). The House legislation passed today in committee includes $54 million more than the President’s FY2018 request.

“The legislation approved by the Appropriations Committee has rejected the President’s proposed cuts to the Richland Operations Office (RL) and was a top priority of mine in order to support funding for continued Hanford cleanup,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Additionally, ensuring the Office of River Protection (ORP) received strong funding was critical to continue progress in the tank farms and at the Waste Treatment Plant. The federal government has a legal and moral obligation to Central Washington, and I am pleased that the appropriations process in the House has restored funding to fulfill the government’s duty to prioritize Hanford cleanup. By responsibly funding these cleanup activities, we can prevent costly delays and ultimately save significantly more money in the long run."

“This bill also provides critical funding for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which is one of our country’s foremost national laboratories, as well as a major economic driver in the State of Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Lab is one of the largest employers in Central Washington, and I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to provide the resources necessary for PNNL , so they can continue making innovative and groundbreaking scientific developments in fields such as science, cybersecurity, energy, environment, national security, grid reliability, and nuclear nonproliferation, just to name a few. While there are areas of the bill that can be improved, I believe this is a promising first step in continuing strong congressional support for our scientists at PNNL who have made countless vital scientific and technological contributions to our community and country.”

Click here for the FY2018 Energy & Water Development report language.

Click here for the FY2018 Energy & Water Development bill text.