On 12 September 2018, Josh Farrelman from the Office of Government and Community Relations announced that the FY19 Energy and Water Bill was released to approve $80M for LLE, a $5M increase over FY 2018 and the highest level of federal funding ever appropriated to the LLE in the University’s history. $545M was approved for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program at the National Nuclear Security Administration.
In early February the President’s Budget Request proposed a $30M cut to LLE, a $126M cut to the ICF program, and closing LLE in three years. Farrelman reported “Thanks to incredibly strong, bipartisan Congressional support led by Sen. Schumer and an outcry from the scientific community, we not only reversed a $30M cut and proposed closure of LLE, but we secured a $5M increase over last year. This represents an unprecedented $12M increase over the last two fiscal years. The $80M represents the highest level of federal funding ever appropriated to LLE in the University’s history and will serve as a critical basis for the first year of our new Cooperative Agreement with the DOE.”
Shown here is U.S. Senator, Chuck Schumer, visits LLE to speak out in support of the Laboratory