What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : (H.R. 2354) On an amendment that would have increased funding by $42.7 million for the Energy Department’s Office of Science while cutting $42.7 million from federal funding for nuclear weapons programs (2011 house Roll Call 576)
 Who: All Members : Hawaii, District 1 : Hanabusa, Colleen
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(H.R. 2354) On an amendment that would have increased funding by $42.7 million for the Energy Department’s Office of Science while cutting $42.7 million from federal funding for nuclear weapons programs
house Roll Call 576     Jul 14, 2011
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) that would have increased funding by $42.7 million for the Energy Department’s Office of Science while cutting $42.7 million from federal funding for nuclear weapons programs. 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.

Holt urged support for his amendment: “Scientific research lies at the very heart of the national innovation system that keeps us competitive, that enhances our quality of life, that fuels our economy, and that improves our national security. The Office of Science is the nation's primary sponsor of research in the physical sciences. Its funding helps maintain America's first-rate workforce of research scientists and engineers, who are working daily to address some of the greatest challenges and to push the boundaries of existing knowledge. Thousands of graduate students and early career scientists at hundreds of U.S. institutions, the next generation of America's scientific talent, depend on the support of the Office of Science for their research and training. In addition, the office maintains excellent, unique user facilities that are relied on by more than 25,000 scientists from industry, academia, and national laboratories to advance important research that creates jobs today and that could lead to entire industries tomorrow.”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) opposed Holt’s amendment: “In order to increase funding for science research, his amendment decreases funding for weapons activities. Our nation's defense relies on a reliable and effective nuclear deterrent, and these capabilities cannot be allowed to deteriorate….Further, the amendment would use these reductions to increase funding for science research. I am a strong supporter of the science program…It leads to the breakthroughs in innovations that will make our nation's energy sector self-sufficient and keep America competitive as a world leader of cutting-edge science. This is why we worked so hard, the ranking and I, to sustain funding for this program. But within the realities of today's fiscal constraints, which we all know, we cannot simply afford to add more funding to science research, especially when it means risking crucial national defense activities.”

The House rejected Holt’s amendment by a vote of 164-261. Voting “yea” were 158 Democrats – including a majority of progressives – and 6 Republicans. 232 Republicans and 29 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have increased funding by $42.7 million for the Energy Department’s Office of Science while cutting $42.7 million from federal funding for nuclear weapons programs.

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