My attempt at sketching in the background behind the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee’s proposed cuts in the U.S. nuclear weapons program:
Nuclear weapons spending has long seemed an entitlement for New Mexico.
With two of the nation’s three nuclear weapons laboratories located here, a big chunk of the U.S. nuclear weapons budget is inevitably spent in the state.
But a restive Congress, uneasy with the way the U.S. nuclear weapons program is managed, is beginning to question that.
The state that has seen a long-running boom in nuclear weapons spending now faces the potential for a bust.