Pushes for a living wage for hardworking Nevadans, strikes funding for licensing of nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain

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Washington, July 25, 2017 | comments

July 25, 2017            
Contact: Miguel R. Salazar, 202-225-9894

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Kihuen announced that he offered 12 amendments to the “minibus” package consisting of the Energy and Water, Defense, the Legislative Branch, and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bills. These amendments would improve the quality of life for hardworking families by increasing the minimum wage, strengthening campaign finance disclosures, preventing funding for the licensing of a nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain, and working to ensure Veterans continue to have access to rural healthcare options. A statement from Rep. Kihuen is below:

“This ‘minibus’ must look out for the hardworking people of Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District. In its current form, the funding bills overlook the everyday concerns faced by my constituents; the ability to earn a fair wage for a hard day’s work. My amendments would work to raise the minimum wage, ensuring families and hardworking Nevadans have the opportunity to succeed,” said Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen.

The amendments would also work to emphasize the need for Veterans health facilities in rural Nevada, strengthen campaign finance disclosures, and strike $90 million for the licensing of the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

Kihuen added, “As I’ve said before, Nevada is not a dumping ground for the rest of the country’s nuclear waste, and my amendments continue the fight to make sure the nuclear waste repository project at Yucca Mountain stays dead.”   


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