"Nuclear energy policy issues facing Congress include whether to provide federal incentives for a new generation of commercial reactors, radioactive waste management, research and development priorities, power plant safety and regulation, terrorism, and the Price-Anderson Act nuclear liability system. The Bush Administration has stressed the importance of nuclear power in the nation's energy policy. For nuclear energy research and development, the Administration is requesting $389.9 million for FY2006, about $14.7 million above the FY2005 appropriation. In addition to that funding, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology would receive $120.9 million for defense-related management and security at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The Nuclear Energy office's total FY2006 funding request of $510.8 million is 5.2% above the comparable FY2005 level, according to DOE."
CRS Issue Brief for Congress, IB88090