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.