Quigley Increases Funding for Critical Nuclear Counterterrorism Program
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, successfully included his amendment to add an additional $22 million in critical funding for the Nuclear Counterterrorism and Incident Response Program in the manager’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
“The Nuclear Counterterrorism and Incident Response Program plays a vital role in the protection of our nation from the threat of nuclear terrorism. Not only does the program continually evaluate and assess nuclear and radiological threats here at home, it also provides technical expertise and resources to our allies overseas,” said Rep. Quigley. “I am thankful to Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur for including my amendment to add an additional $22 million for this critical program, which helps keep Americans safe from the threats of today, as opposed to the Cold War threats of yesterday.”
The Nuclear Counterterrorism and Incident Response (NCTIR) Program is managed by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The program evaluates and assesses nuclear or radiological threats, and leverages that knowledge to provide interagency policy and contingency planning, training, and capacity building. Specifically, this knowledge supports nuclear incident engagement to strengthen and exercise national and international radiological and nuclear counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and incident response capabilities. The FY 2017 Budget Request for the NCTIR Program supports programs to strategically manage and deploy expert scientific teams and equipment to provide a technically trained, rapid response to nuclear or radiological incidents and accidents worldwide.
Rep. Quigley is Ranking Member of Emerging Threats subcommittee on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He has been an outspoken advocate for reprioritizing U.S. homeland security and defense funding to meet the needs and threats of today. He has also been a proponent for nuclear arms reduction, working in the House Appropriations Committee to overhaul unlimited defense spending. Last year, Rep. Quigley offered an amendment to the FY2016 Energy & Water (E&W) Appropriations Bill that would have saved taxpayers $167 million by maintaining the FY2015 acquisition schedule for the nuclear-armed cruise missile warhead (W80-4). In 2014, he urged a one-third reduction in America’s ICBMs stockpile, and worked to cut $23.7 million in wasteful funding for the B61 nuclear bomb program. He is the author of Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget, a report which offers 60 recommendations to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years.