FY09 Omnibus bill headed to president with $44 million in Udall requested investments

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today praised the long-overdue Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill, saying the legislation includes $44 million to support important project investments he requested to benefit New Mexico. The bill is now headed to the president’s desk to be signed.

“This legislation includes essential funding for investments in renewable energy, to improve and make health care more affordable and to help New Mexicans go to college and compete in the global economy,” said Udall. “I am also pleased that the bill being sent to the president includes valuable projects I helped secure to directly invest in the New Mexico economy and spur job growth in our state.”

The legislation, which Udall helped negotiate as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, includes:

$23.6 Million in Energy and Water Investments:

Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) – $7,520,500 for Los Alamos National Laboratory to plan and design a signature science research complex to test all types of materials under a variety of extreme conditions, including the next generation of solar panels, structural materials and other developing technologies in renewable energies. Udall requested $7 million for the project from the House Energy and Water Subcommittee.

Sapphire Energy Algae to Fuel Demonstration Project – $951,000 to funding establish a demonstration project in Portales, New Mexico, to create and grow a fuel-producing algae using technology that genetically enhances algal organisms.