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U.S. Senate approves $10 million to prepare for nuclear test if necessary

Christian Fernsby |
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has advanced an amendment aimed at reducing the amount of time it would take to carry out a nuclear test.

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The amendment, offered by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), would make at least $10 million available to “carry out projects related to reducing the time required to execute a nuclear test if necessary,” according to a copy of the measure obtained by The Hill on Monday.

The amendment was approved in a party-line, 14-13 vote during the committee’s closed-door markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week, a congressional aide said.

The committee announced Thursday that it had approve this year's NDAA and released a summary, but the full text and committee report, including every amendment that was adopted, has not yet been released.

Asked about Cotton’s amendment, a committee spokesperson said the bill text “should be” available “soon.”

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