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D.C. Download: How effective are Nevada's members of Congress?

The relatively junior Nevada Senate delegation scored high marks in the last Congress. In fact, Nevada is in the only state in which both senators scored in the top 10 in their party for effectiveness — no small feat.

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D.C. Download: Nevada delegation leaves their mark on FAA bill

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill isn’t the sexiest piece of legislation, but it’s essential — it governs U.S. air travel, and without a bill in place, the agency cannot collect revenue or make payments to government employees such as air traffic controllers.

D.C. Download: How will reclassifying marijuana affect Nevada?

On Wednesday, the Biden administration took the furthest step towards legalizing weed since it was first criminalized, announcing it would reclassify marijuana from its current status as a Schedule I drug, on par with heroin and ecstasy, to Schedule III, which includes drugs such as ketamine and anabolic steroids that are allowed for medical use.

D.C. Download: Yucca Mountain rises again in Congress

In a Wednesday hearing on the management of spent nuclear fuel in the House Energy & Commerce Committee — no Nevadans are members — leaders took turns lamenting that the Yucca site, first chosen as the sole site in 1987 and approved for funding in 2002, still houses no nuclear waste due to the power of multiple generations of Nevada politicians.

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