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Heller once said that ending the filibuster brings a nuclear waste dump to Nevada

Jon Ralston
Jon Ralston
Ralston Reports

Back in 2013, Dean Heller was worried when Harry Reid wanted to change the 60-vote rule for judicial nominations.

"I remain concerned," Heller told The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker. "The nuclear option, they claim will be limited only to judicial nominations. But I don't believe that for a second. Once they get a taste of the 50-vote threshold, I think this thing spreads to every other issue."

Every other issue, Heller warned, such as Yucca Mountain.

"The day is going to come that either he's (Reid) not here or the Republicans take control and if it's a 50-vote threshold, those kind of issues are the ones that concern me the most," Heller told Drucker, presciently. "When you're from a small state, you need as many arrows in your quiver as possible to fight back on some of these issues that you can be overtaken by. And, frankly, this 60-vote threshold is what has protected and saved Nevada in the past."

I picked up on Drucker’s interview, and wrote about Heller’s reasonable fear and the Democrats’ frothing response.

I also quoted Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander from the floor: “A vote to end the filibuster is a vote to complete Yucca Mountain.”

So despite what Texas’ John Cornyn is saying, there’s no way Heller can vote for the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch. Right?

I reached out to Heller’s press secretary for a response. I’ll let you know if I get a comment. 



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