1993 Scorecard Vote
Massive government subsidies since 1948 have claimed 65% of federal energy spending, yet the nuclear power industry continues to be plagued with economic, safety, and waste problems (see Senate vote No. 8). The Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (ALMR), a breeder reactor technology that could increase the already excessive world supply of deadly plutonium, consumes the largest share of the current nuclear fission budget, and was ranked third from the bottom in a 1991 Department of Energy review of 23 potential energy sources, based on economic and energy potential, environmental impact, and technical risk.
When the fiscal 1994 Energy and Water Appropriations bill came to the House floor, Rep. Sam Coppersmith (D-AZ) offered an amendment to terminate funding for the Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor. The amendment passed by a vote of 267-162. YES is the pro-environmental vote.