IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 24, 2021
Mr. Luján (for himself, Mr. Padilla, and Mr. Durbin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To direct the Secretary of Energy to fund projects to restore and modernize National Laboratories, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Restore and Modernize Our National Laboratories Act of 2021.
National Laboratories restoration and modernization
In this section:
The term National Laboratory has the meaning given the term in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801).
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy.
Restoration and modernization projects
The Secretary shall fund projects described in subsection (c) as needed to address the deferred maintenance, critical infrastructure needs, and modernization of National Laboratories.
The projects referred to in subsection (b) are, as determined by the Secretary—
priority deferred maintenance projects at National Laboratories, including facilities sustainment for, upgrade of, and construction of research laboratories, administrative and support buildings, utilities, roads, power plants, and any other critical infrastructure; and
lab modernization projects at National Laboratories, including lab modernization projects relating to core infrastructure needed—
to support existing and emerging science missions with new and specialized requirements for world-leading scientific user facilities and computing capabilities; and
to maintain safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally responsible operations.
Submission to Congress
For each fiscal year through fiscal year 2025, at the same time as the annual budget submission of the President, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations and Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committees on Appropriations and Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives a list of projects for which the Secretary will provide funding under this section, including a description of each project and the funding profile for the project.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $6,100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2025.
Office of Science
Not less than 1/6 of the amounts made available to carry out this section each fiscal year shall be managed by the Office of Science of the Department of Energy.