As expected, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today was chosen by his Republican colleagues to chair the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development. The subcommittee is a critical cog in deciding the Department of Energy’s funding, including the money directed to federal facilities in Oak Ridge.
Here’s an Alexander statement released by his office:
“If we’re going to power our 21st-century economy, we need to pursue policies that don’t pick winners and losers in the marketplace, and that instead enable innovation in our free enterprise system. That means unleashing nuclear power and other sources of the cheap, clean, reliable energy we need. It also means using our taxpayer dollars wisely: by supporting government-sponsored research that leads to innovation and jobs, and by controlling the costs of big construction projects in Tennessee and across the country.”
A feature on Atomic City Underground allows readers to sign up for email updates and receive a notice each time new information is posted on the news blog. Just put your email address in the box on the lower right of the blog’s front page and follow instructions. Thanks to all loyal readers.