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WASHINGTON – After the U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of the defense bill with $30 million to revive Yucca Mountain, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) successfully worked to keep an authorization of $30 million for Yucca Mountain out of the final product and joint conference committee report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that the U.S. Senate passed today. Heller previously worked with Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, to ensure that the U.S. Senate’s version of the NDAA did not authorize funding to store defense nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. That letter is available HERE. Heller also urged Chairman McCain to maintain his position of not authorizing funding for Yucca Mountain throughout negotiations with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and in the conference report that received a vote in the U.S. Senate today and will now be sent to the President’s desk. That letter is available HERE

“I’m proud to vote in support of this legislation that supports our men and women in uniform, gives our troops the largest pay raise in almost a decade, and provides our military with the tools necessary to continue to combat emerging threats around the world and keep us safe. I’m also proud that once again, I successfully killed efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to use the defense bill as a vehicle to dump nuclear waste in Nevada,” said Heller. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Chairman McCain and Senator Inhofe to keep $30 million to store defense nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain out of the legislation that we passed today. As long as I’m in the United States Senate, Yucca Mountain is dead – it’s that simple.”

On May 24, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of the NDAA with $30 million authorized to revive Yucca Mountain, and on June 18th, Heller announced that he successfully ensured that the U.S. Senate’s version of the bill excluded the $30 million to store defense nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. On April 13, 2018, Heller contacted U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and urged him to exclude any language that authorizes funding for Yucca Mountain from the NDAA

Background: Timeline of Heller’s previous work to stop Yucca Mountain

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