What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : (H.R. 2354) On an amendment that would have increased funding by $10 million for environmental cleanup at former nuclear energy research facilities while cutting $10 million from nuclear weapons spending (2011 house Roll Call 574)
 Who: All Members : Hawaii, District 1 : Hanabusa, Colleen
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(H.R. 2354) On an amendment that would have increased funding by $10 million for environmental cleanup at former nuclear energy research facilities while cutting $10 million from nuclear weapons spending
house Roll Call 574     Jul 14, 2011
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) that would have increased funding by $10 million for environmental cleanup at former nuclear energy research facilities while cutting $10 million from nuclear weapons spending. This amendment was offered to legislation that would provide annual funding for Energy Department programs and the Army Corps of Engineers in fiscal year 2012.

Matheson urged support for his amendment: “Now, there are [cleanup] sites around the country. There happens to be one in my congressional district. It is in Moab, Utah. It is a facility where the Department of Energy has been cleaning up a radioactive tailings pile that is on the banks of the Colorado River. It is a pile where the environmental impact statement indicated that in the long term, it is a near certainty that this tailings pile would be flooded and flushed down the river. There are about 25 million users of this water downstream. There has been ongoing bipartisan agreement in the House of Representatives for years about the cleanup of this site.”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) opposed Matheson’s amendment: “This amendment seeks to funnel off defense funding that is needed for the modernization of our nuclear infrastructure. With a nearly $500 million reduction to the [president’s] request for weapons activities, this bill already takes opportunities to find savings with the account. Right now this bill provides for our defense requirements and is well balanced….This bill takes a consistent approach to funding for environmental cleanup, providing a slightly lower but sustainable and stable funding stream to continue work at all the cleanup sites. It is not responsible to increase this account above what was requested for these activities, particularly at the expense of an important national defense program.”

The House rejected Matheson’s amendment by a vote of 168-257. Voting “yea” were 162 Democrats – including a majority of progressives – and 6 Republicans. 233 Republicans and 24 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have increased funding by $10 million for environmental cleanup at former nuclear energy research facilities while cutting $10 million from nuclear weapons spending.

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