U-S senators from Colorado and Kentucky are asking defense officials to remove what they say are unreasonable spending caps for projects to destroy chemical weapons.
A letter sent to the new undersecretary of defense was signed by Colorado's senators, Republican Wayne Allard and Democrat Ken Salazar, along with Kentucky Republicans Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning.
The senators say the Defense Department has placed a 1.7 billion-dollar spending limit for a weapons-destruction facility at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado, and a two billion-dollar cap for a project at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky.
The senators say the law implementing the cleanup never called for an exact price tag. They say the order has hamstrung the programs and jeopardizes the safety and duration provisions.