Obama Budget Good For NM Labs

New Mexico – New Mexico's two national laboratories would see increases in 2011 under a budget President Barack Obama sent to Congress on Monday.

The total Energy Department request for Los Alamos National Laboratory totals $2.21 billion, up from $1.82 billion in 2010.

The budget for weapons activities at the northern New Mexico lab would be $1.6 billion, up from $1.3 billion, while nonproliferation activities would get $233 million, up from $188 million.

The total request for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque is $1.49 billion, an increase from $1.3 billion.

Sandia weapons activities would get $1.14 billion, compared to the 2010 total of $953 million.

Nonproliferation work at Sandia would increase to $187 million from the current $171 million.

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