|Almost 15 years ago in the closing days of the Clinton Administration, The Cold War Energy Act was enacted. Now changes are being legislated to broaden the transparency of the program as the United States reaches forward to privatizing space exploration. through NASA's partnership with private contractors.|
Mark Udall, chairman of the U.S. Senate Strategic Forces Subcommittee and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, a bill in which he played a major role. The bill includes Udall-sponsored provisions to strengthen U.S. national security, safeguard military firefighting aircraft, improve the military's energy efficiency and provide critical medical support for Colorado's Cold War-era nuclear weapons workers. Additionally, the bill includes Udall's proposals to strengthen the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and protect Hermosa Creek.
"Coloradans are proud of our state's contribution to our national defense — and we should be," Udall said. "This year's National Defense Authorization Act will strengthen our national defense, protect our troops and save taxpayer money while supporting Colorado's military missions. I'm proud to have fought to include provisions to help Colorado's Cold War heroes access the health services they need, expand the Department of Defense's ability to target major sources of financing for extremist groups, and start development of a U.S.-built rocket engine while protecting the launch vehicles that have provided our national security community with assured access to space."
The bill adds transparency and certainty to decisions on compensation and access to benefits for the Cold War nuclear workers suffering...