Energy Secretary Steven Chu said May 18 that Congress is unlikely to approve President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget request of $29.5 billion for the department. The budget request, which was submitted to Congress on February 14, represents a $3.1 billion increase over the agency’s FY 2010 levels, and members of the House Appropriations Committee have already warned that the Department of Energy’s request is unlikely to be approved in its current form.