REP. KIHUEN STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 3053
WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen issued the statement below following the passage of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act:
“I am disappointed that Congress has once again chosen to ignore the will of Nevadans and residents of Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District. 30 years have passed since Nevada was unfairly targeted by the “Screw Nevada” bill and this new bill is nothing more than lipstick on a pig. The passage of H.R. 3053 today continues to “screw” our state, compromising our economy, the countless tourists who visit our state and the millions of residents living in Las Vegas, and the country’s national security. Simply put, there is no reason to store the nation’s spent nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and I find it offensive that Nevada is being offered up as a tribute
Representative Kihuen has been a tireless advocate fighting against the creation of a nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District. He recently testified before the rules committee offered two amendments – one preventing Congress from allowing budget tricks that bypass pay-as-you-go-rules, and another calling for a study of the socioeconomic burden on the State of Nevada if the proposed project moves forward. He has also testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, spoken numerous times on the House Floor, and written letters to the Department of Energy in an effort to ensure the voices of Nevadans are heard.