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Congressional bill could maintain funding for Argonne in Lemont

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:03 p.m. CDT

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., recently announced the Omnibus Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014, which would preserve federal funding for scientific research and development programs at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, according to a news release from Durbin's office.

The bill, which has been filed in the House and Senate, reflects a budget agreement between the two chambers.

Durbin said the bill would provide funding for the following accounts: Basic Energy Science; Major Items of Equipment; Energy Innovation Hub for Batteries and Energy Storage; Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Leadership Computing Facility; and Exascale Computing Initiative.

In November, Argonne decided to cut 120 positions because of the uncertainty of federal funding. About 70 employees took a buyout package, and the lab plans to lay off about 50 more employees early this year.

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