The $21.98 billion energy and water appropriations bill (HR 2427) was passed by the full Senate on July 10, representing an increase of about $1 billion over FY 1991 funding. With a 96-3 vote, HR 2427 was one of the first of 13 spending bills to be approved by the Senate. (See “DOE Funding Up in FY 1991,” Eos, July 16.)
The Senate appropriated $509 million to begin construction of the controversial Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in Waxahachie, Texas. Earlier this year, the House voted $434 million for the project, which was $100 million less than requested by the administration.