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Water Power: Why Congress Zeroed "Bunker Buster" Appropriations

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In 2004 and 2005, Congress denied Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator funding, leading the Administration to cancel it. How did this happen? While Representative David Hobson opposed the program on grounds of strategy and cost, his Chairmanship of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee let him succeed. Funding could have been restored at several points in the House appropriations process. Because of Hobson's control over water projects, however, Representatives knew he would have the votes to pass his bill overwhelmingly, so none challenged him. Process shaped outcome, and anticipation of the outcome facilitated the smooth working of the process.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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