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Inside-the-beltway talk about removing 60-vote threshold could have consequences for Nevada 

(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Heller issued the following statement about the importance of avoiding the “nuclear option” for the sake of protecting Yucca Mountain:

“I will do everything in my power as a United States Senator to ensure the safety and well-being of Nevadans. For years, members of the entire Nevada delegation have put aside our political jerseys and worked together to ensure that the Yucca Mountain waste site would never open. It is important that Nevadans know that the inside-the-beltway debate about Senate rules could have very serious ramifications for Nevada and the opening of Yucca Mountain.

“The Nevada delegation needs every arrow in our quiver to keep the nation’s nuclear waste out of our state. Nevada shouldn’t be the fallout from the battle of the nuclear option,” said Senator Dean Heller.

Senators raised the issue on the Senate floor today, noting that if minority rights of the Senate are changed or the 60–vote threshold for nominations is removed, then the same principle could apply elsewhere with legislation. Without a 60-vote threshold, the current policies towards Yucca Mountain could be revisited. In fact, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) raised it as his third priority just this morning.