Haaland Urges Department of Energy to Release Power of Sandia National Labs to Combat Coronavirus

March 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – After hearing that Sandia National Labs ran into roadblock in getting approval to conduct innovative research and development on coronavirus, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette urging him to release the power of Sandia National Labs to combat COVID-19. The letter comes as the country works to stop the spread of coronavirus and New Mexico has taken the lead in prevention measures. The letter calls for increased flexibility for employees at Sandia National Labs to work on coronavirus response using the funding already appropriated to the U.S. Department of Energy.


In the letter, Haaland wrote, “As the proud representative in Congress of Sandia National Laboratories, one of the crown jewels of the nation’s research and innovation ecosystem that employ thousands of our best and brightest scientists and engineers, I urge you to ensure that the capabilities of our labs and the expertise of their professional staff are employed in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.”


Full letter to Department of Energy Secretary Brouillette is available here.


Full list of Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s action to keep families safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic is available here.