Week in Review

During these past few weeks in Washington, we saw some important developments concerning Yucca Mountain, and I want to make sure you’re aware that my fight against turning Nevada into the nation’s nuclear waste dump continues.

Earlier this year, the Trump Administration’s budget request to Congress outlined $120 million to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. This represents just one step in the budget process, however, and Congress ultimately has the power of the purse.

I am leading the Nevada delegation in stanch opposition to this project because Nevada overwhelmingly continues to reject it, and for good reason. Not only will transporting nuclear waste to Nevada weaken our robust tourism economy, but it would also put communities across the nation at risk. Furthermore, the pursuit of this failed project would waste billions more in taxpayer dollars.

Last week, the Unites States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill including money to relicense the nuclear waste repository in Nevada. That being said, the United States Senate can play a critical role in preventing Yucca Mountain from becoming a reality because both the Senate and the House must agree on spending levels and spending priorities for each agency.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee advanced its own version of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which does not include the $120 million requested by the Administration to revive Yucca Mountain. In my own testimony submitted to the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, I recommended that the committee not provide any funding for Yucca Mountain and argued that it “has been strongly opposed by Nevadans from the state, done little to solve our nation’s waste problem, and wasted billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.”

Not only was I successful in my recommendation to the subcommittee but this past Thursday the full committee passed the bill without any funding for Yucca Mountain. The full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee advanced the Senate’s Energy and Water Appropriations bill excluding the $120 million for Yucca Mountain. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for working with me to ensure that their legislation refuses to throw more taxpayer dollars at this failed project.

Don’t get me wrong, these are positive steps in a long fight to ensure that Yucca Mountain remains dead, and there is a lot more to do. Over the past couple of months, I have met with my colleagues, sent testimony to relevant committees in both the House and Senate, and I have spoken on the Senate floor numerous times to reiterate to Washington that Nevada continues to reject Yucca Mountain.

In closing, I am always looking for an opportunity to hear your concerns and ideas for solutions to the challenges we face in Nevada. Whether it’s about Yucca Mountain or any other issue, I want to hear from you. I also encourage you to visit my social media pages and stay up to date on my work in Nevada and Washington. 

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