RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to cut millions in spending for a decommissioned nuclear site in Washington state proposed by President Donald Trump's administration.

A Senate panel forwarded a measure that would provide $748 million more in annual spending than proposed in the administration's budget for fiscal year 2021, which began at the start of this month, the Tri-City Herald reported.

The Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee proposes a budget of $2.6 billion for the nuclear reservation, where environmental cleanup is underway after the site produced plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons program during World War II and the Cold War. The proposal would be $43 million more than current spending.

The subcommittee said approving the proposal could threaten high-risk cleanup operations near Richland, Washington.

Democratic state Sen. Patty Murray said this was the fourth year that the Trump administration's budget request was woefully inadequate for Hanford cleanup.

She also said President Barack Obama's administration proposed budget cuts, but the cuts were more modest. In 2017, his administration proposed a cut of a little more than $100 million.

"Regardless of the administration, I won't stop fighting to ensure the federal government is honoring its moral and legal obligation to Hanford cleanup, and this year's spending bill reflects the Senate's bipartisan commitment to seeing this critical priority through," Murray said.

The House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee approved a Hanford spending bill in July that also rejected deep cuts proposed by the administration and is similar to the Senate proposal.

"As Congress begins negotiations on a possible omnibus spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year we will be sharing our priorities with the (Washington congressional) delegation, but it's really good to know that we have strong numbers to start with in both the House and Senate bills," said David Reeploeg, Tri-City Development Council vice president for federal programs.

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They couldn't print enough money out of thin air to clean up Hanford...

or will they ever, they had no intentions of cleaning any of it up and they just dumped at sea and they knew it when they got started with building bombs for the bankers that it would be a mess years.....Who could afford to build all this hardware to take over the world and then use the wasted depleted Uranium for gun rounds to litter the property of another.

BowWow

Elsaid in the last 20 years 12 years with a conservative president in charge and a majority conservative Congress. Look who mismanaging the purse strings.

Oh Hell just poor a large slap of concrete over the whole area.

And bury some corrupt conservative politicians (low lifes)

Just like the mob use to do.

Desert Dweller

They have been cleaning up Hanford for over 20 years.

You gotta love government efficiency.

I guess it keeps somebody employed right?

@the real JohnQPublic

Hey Murray, what about the rampant fraud with the contractors down there? How was that money well spent? Better learn the site's whole story before you open your mouth.

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