WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air
Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base, and to develop plans to address its remediation and budget accordingly to ensure funds are there to begin clean up.
The bill, called the fiscal year 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, authorizes all defense funding – a step that must be taken before funds can be appropriated. The measure was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee late yesterday. Bingaman serves on that panel.
“New Mexico’s two national laboratories, three Air Force
Bases, and our Army testing range provide invaluable services to our country. Ensuring that they are adequately funded is one of my most important roles in Congress,” said Bingaman. “This legislation provides
strong support to these key institutions.”