Sen. Murray Releases Statement on Obama’s Budget Proposal for Hanford Cleanup

Sen. Murray’s Amendment for Increased Funding for Hanford Passes Senate Budget Committee

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, has released the following statement on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal, which includes $2.328 billion for Hanford cleanup within a $5.8 billion national budget for Environmental Management priorities across the country.

“Cleaning up the Hanford site is one of our state’s top environmental priorities, and to do the job right, the federal government must live up to its promise and provide adequate funding for cleanup every year,” said Senator Murray. “The President’s budget proposal for Hanford cleanup in Fiscal Year 2016 includes good and bad news for the site. I applaud the President’s proposal to increase funding for the Office of River Protection by $202 million, but I am very disappointed that he has again proposed nearly $100 million in cuts for Richland Operations. Last year, I successfully fought to restore Hanford cleanup funding after the Obama Administration proposed similar cuts, and I’m hopeful that the Republican majority in Congress will work with me to get this done this year too.”

Breakdown of the $2.328 billion funding total for Hanford cleanup:

· $1.414 billion for the Office of River Protection (ORP) *$202 million more than the final budget for ORP in the FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Bill*

o $724 million for Tank Farm
o $690 million for Waste Treatment Plant

· $914 million for Richland Operations (RL) *$93 million less than the final budget for RL in the FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Bill*

Last year, the President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 included nearly $100 million in proposed cuts for Hanford cleanup. Senator Murray, as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, stood up to the Administration and successfully fought to restore the funding for Hanford in the final 2015 spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.

At the end of 2013, Senator Murray and Rep. Ryan worked with their colleagues to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act, which prevented another government shutdown, rolled back sequestration evenly across defense and non-defense discretionary spending for two years, and moved Congress away from the constant crises.