The U.S. Senate voted last week to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.4049, the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Debate on the legislation could take all this week, with hundreds of amendments already filed to the bill.
As expected, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) filed an amendment that will look to include the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) requiring the Secretary of Energy to provide for a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source and establish advanced nuclear reactor research and development goals, a nuclear energy strategic plan, an advanced nuclear fuel security program, and a university nuclear leadership program.
In a recent letter, Sens. Murkowksi and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and 20 other bipartisan senators urged the inclusion of NELA within the FY 2021 NDAA.