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Slaughter pushes to include $68M in budget for UR’s laser lab

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, said Wednesday she is pushing the United States Congress to include $68 million in its annual budget for the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

Slaughter made the request in a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee as it considers the priorities for the fiscal year 2016 budget.

“The LLE is a vital contributor to our national and global security, a critical component to the strategic work on an independent energy future, and an invaluable source of scientific leadership,” Slaughter wrote in the letter. “Continued federal investment in the LLE will advance the nation’s scientific leadership, strengthen our national security, foster the development of new technologies, grow our economy, and support efforts to find an affordable, plentiful, and efficient source of energy for the future.”

The laser lab houses two of the world’s most powerful lasers, contributes to the Department of Energy’s Stockpile Stewardship Program and advances the nation’s scientific and national security interests.

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