Posted on September 5, 2018
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WASHINGTON, September X, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today chaired the House-Senate “Conference Committee” on the first three appropriations bills that fund Tennessee priorities including Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex and supercomputing.
“These are important bills for Tennesseans -- I worked hard to include up to $99.5 million in the Senate bill to continue construction of Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga, to continue record funding for the Office of Science, which is the agency that funds our 17 national laboratories -- including Oak Ridge National Laboratory—and to support nuclear weapons programs that are vital to our national security and the important work at Y-12,” Alexander said. “I'm very encouraged that Congress is on track for the fourth consecutive year to provide record funding for the Office of Science and funding that will help keep the United States first in the world in supercomputing. Oak Ridge again has the fastest and now the smartest computer in the world, and that’s because of consistent federal funding – so that’s encouraging not just to our country but to the people who live and work in Oak Ridge. I am proud to represent a community that's of such vital importance to our nation's economic growth through our national defense structure and to our future.”
Alexander visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex last week and touted the importance of continuing to fund scientific research and supercomputing. Alexander has made completion of a new Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for recommending funding levels for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Alexander helped manage Senate passage of this appropriations package, including his subcommittee’s Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill has not had a formal conference with the House of Representatives since 2009.