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Alexander: Turning Nuclear Swords Into Energy Plowshares

These issues unite Republicans and Democrats. More than 20 years ago, two leading bipartisan statesmen showed us the way with swords to plowshares programs. Then-Sens. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., and Sam Nunn, D-Ga., ensured the U.S. had the strongest military we possibly could, but at the same time, worked with Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton on groundbreaking cooperative threat reduction with the Russians. This important work not only destroyed conventional weapons but secured nuclear material and weapons.

We need to keep that bipartisan spirit alive as the U.S. moves forward with a solution to our plutonium problem. Letís continue supporting turning this material, a serious national security threat, into a clean energy source for our country. That means continuing with the U.S. plutonium disposition program and the MOX project ó something that I strongly support. I hope the Obama administrationís proposed budget, which my committee will review in weeks, will reflect his continued support for these critical national security ó and energy security ó programs.

Rep. Rodney Alexander represents the 5th District of Louisiana and serves on the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee.

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