H.R. 1993 ran into considerable opposition as might be expected, and it made no progress even in the House where the leadership supported it. Many in the Senate leadership opposed the measure, particularly Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) who oversees appropriations for DOE. Facing a certain presidential veto, the legislation would have required overwhelming Republican support and considerable Democratic support for passage. H.R. 1993 has since gone out of print at the House Documents Room and is considered a dead bill.
Comparable activity occured on the Senate side where Senator Rod Grams (R-MN) introduced a similar bill, S. 1678. The bill would also transfer the bulk of DOE to DOD, including the major weapons laboratories: Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore. The remaining labs would be transferred to the National Science Foundation, an unlikely home given its mission as solely a granting agency. Like H.R. 1993, this bill would turn responsibility for the Yucca Mountain project over to the Army Corps of Engineers. This bill faced a similar fate to H.R. 1993, as a hearing was held in The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on September 4th and no further action was taken.
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Last updated December 26, 1996 by Kasey Shewey, AGI Government Affairs