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Titus, Cortez Masto introduce bill to give Nevada a veto over Yucca Mountain

March 2nd, 2021 - 11:02am
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced legislation Tuesday that would require consent from state, local and tribal governments to construct a national nuclear waste repository, including at Yucca Mountain about 90 miles Northwest of Las Vegas.

Acting OMB chief: Trump has not decided to cut funds to Nevada over vote-by-mail

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June 2nd, 2020 - 2:55pm
Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought said Tuesday that he has not taken any steps to identify federal funds that could be denied to Nevada following President Donald Trump’s tweet last month threatening the state should it go forward with a vote-by-mail plan.

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Indy DC Download: Congress sends $8.3 billion coronavirus spending package to Trump’s desk

March 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
Congress last week quickly approved an $8.3 billion emergency spending package to help contain the spread of the coronavirus around the nation, including in Nevada, which reported its first case Thursday.

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Cortez Masto presses DOE secretary on plan to seek Yucca alternatives

March 3rd, 2020 - 12:33pm
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette sought to reassure Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on Tuesday that the Department of Energy plans to seek alternatives to storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, but he stopped short of backing an effort to change the law designating the site for a national repository.

Indy DC Download: Republican anti-abortion bills failed in the Senate as the House approved a sweeping measure to crack down on youth smoking

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February 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Senate last week failed to advance two GOP-drafted bills to restrict abortion while the House approved legislation to curtail youth smoking despite concern that a provision banning menthol-flavored cigarettes would enable law enforcement to target the black community.

Trump budget calls for 'alternative solutions' for Yucca Mountain

February 10th, 2020 - 11:07am
President Donald Trump Monday unveiled his $4.8 trillion fiscal 2021 budget blueprint, which included no funding to build a national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and signaled an interest in finding an alternative to the project.

Indy DC Download: Senate acquits Trump; Trump wavers on Yucca; House disapproves of proposal to cut Medicaid spending

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February 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Senate last week wrapped up its impeachment trial by acquitting President Donald Trump as the House approved measures to revamp the labor laws, provide $4.6 billion for Puerto Rico earthquake recovery and disapprove of a White House plan to scale back Medicaid spending.

Indy DC Download: Congress avoids government shutdown, House panel approves Yucca bill, Senate panel advances VanDyke

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November 23rd, 2019 - 2:00am
The House concluded two weeks of public impeachment hearings as Congress approved a stopgap spending measure last week to keep the government funded through Dec. 20

Yucca bill advanced by panel not likely to see House floor

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November 21st, 2019 - 2:00am
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation that would restart the licensing process for building a national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, but the measure, which is opposed by the state’s congressional delegation, is not expected to get a vote on the House floor.

Nevada's veto power a sticking point in congressional negotiations on Yucca Mountain

August 5th, 2019 - 2:00am
House proponents of storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain are unwilling to negotiate with members of the state’s congressional delegation over whether to give the state veto power over building the repository. 

Indy DC Download: The House approves $733 billion defense bill, while the Senate confirms a new judge on the Ninth Circuit

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July 13th, 2019 - 2:00am
The House approved a $733 billion defense policy bill last week as the Senate continued to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominations, including Daniel Bress to join U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Delegation reacts angrily to DOE admission it improperly sent nuclear waste to Nevada

July 10th, 2019 - 4:17pm
The fire burning up what’s left of the relationship between Nevada and the Department of Energy got another log thrown in when the DOE revealed it sent shipments of radioactive waste over six years to the Nevada National Security Site that did not meet disposal requirements.

Cortez Masto pushes to get Nevada consent over Yucca Mountain in Senate bill

June 27th, 2019 - 2:39pm
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has received assurances from the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that she would consider changes to nuclear waste legislation that would protect Nevada from remaining the default site for a national repository.

Indy DC Download: House approved $1 trillion spending bill, with no Yucca funding, while Senate blocked Saudi arms sales

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June 22nd, 2019 - 2:00am
The House last week approved a nearly $1 trillion appropriation package, which Nevada Democrats praised for not including any funding for storing nuclear waste in the state, and also opened debate on a second $383 billion package that includes $86.6 billion for transportation programs.

Indy DC Download: House begins debate on nearly $1 trillion spending package as Yucca efforts come up short

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June 15th, 2019 - 2:00am
Nevada’s congressional Democrats managed to marshal their allies to defeat an effort to hold a vote to fund the licensing of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain as part of House consideration of a package of five appropriations bills that includes funding for the Department of Energy.

Congressman hopes taking DOE out of Yucca process will bring Nevada to the table

June 14th, 2019 - 2:00am
The stalemate over building a national nuclear waste repository in Nevada could possibly be overcome if the Department of Energy was no longer the lead federal agency on the project, experts and members of Congress suggested at a House nuclear waste hearing.

Sisolak warns House panel against advancing Yucca bill ahead of hearing

June 12th, 2019 - 12:51pm
Ahead of a House hearing on nuclear waste legislation, including consideration of a bill to restart the licensing process for building a national repository at Yucca Mountain, Gov. Steve Sisolak sent a letter to the panel underscoring his opposition to storing waste in Nevada.

House panel advances DOE budget bill with no funding for Yucca

May 22nd, 2019 - 2:25am
Nevada’s congressional delegation scored a victory Tuesday after helping orchestrate the narrow defeat of a proposal to provide about $74 million to continue the process to license a national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

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