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On Yucca Mountain, McConnell Silent and Key GOP Senators Abandon Heller

Last week, the Republican-controlled House passed irresponsible legislation that would restart efforts stopped by the Obama Administration to make Yucca Mountain the nation’s nuclear waste dumping site. The vote was a “slap in the face” for Nevada’s Republican Sen. Dean Heller.

Nevada’s Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer responded to the House vote by teaming up to take a strong stand against the legislation moving forward in the Senate – “indicating that Yucca would not be revived under a Democratic-run Senate.”

At the same time, key GOP senators added insult to injury by abandoning Heller on Yucca – some even urged for passing a Yucca funding bill in the current Congress. Senate GOP leadership dodged the issue. When given an opportunity to say they would stop the legislation, spokespeople for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Majority Whip John Cornyn both declined to comment.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“While Sen. Cortez Masto and Schumer have said loud and clear that no legislation to revive Yucca Mountain would get through a Democratic-run Senate, McConnell’s silence is deafening. While Washington Republicans work to resurrect this project, Sen. Dean Heller’s absurd attempts to claim that he’s some heavyweight on Capitol Hill are falling apart right in front of our eyes.”