On May 3, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an investigation of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and its impact on American fusion programs. ITER is a fusion research demonstration reactor that is currently being built in southern France. China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the U.S. are the managers of the facility. The Senators asked the GAO to look into the cost, feasibility, and schedule of the ITER as well as whether the U.S. can delay or change its contribution to the project. The project was expected to be finished by 2017, but construction is now expected to be completed in 2020. The President’s 2014 budget requested $225 million in contributions to the facility; in FY12, the U.S. gave $105 million.