Title: Harry Reid Goes Nuclear: NRC Commissioner ‘Lied To Congress’
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Ryan Grim
Date: Apr. 19, 2012
A GOP nominee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission “lied to Congress” and “disqualified herself” from a second term, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday. Reid’s blunt opposition to the Republican pick is part of a longer battle over the direction of the agency that regulates nuclear power — an aggressive step that has infuriated his counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). [...]
On Wednesday afternoon, Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson sought to clear up the mystery. Svinicki, 45, is being shot down, he said, because she lied. “Senator Reid opposes Commissioner Svinicki’s re-nomination because she lied to Congress about her past work on Yucca Mountain,” Jentleson said. “Furthermore, Commissioner Svinicki has an abysmal record on nuclear safety, demonstrating that she puts the interests of the nuclear industry ahead of the safety of American citizens. Senator Reid has consistently supported qualified Republicans for the commission and is open to supporting others, but Commissioner Svinicki has disqualified herself and does not deserve to be re-nominated.” [...]
Title: RPT-Turmoil at U.S. nuclear regulator spills into Congress
Author: Roberta Rampton
Date: Apr 19, 2012
[...] A vacancy could cause gridlock along party lines at the commission and delay safety reforms at U.S. nuclear plants that the NRC mandated after Japan’s nuclear disaster. Republicans are rallying behind Svinicki as they try to improve their ratings among female voters in the run-up to the Nov. 6 presidential election.
Senator Jeff Sessions [(R-AL)]said last month that Svinicki “should not be forced to leave” the commission when her term ends. “I’m not going to let that happen … even if we have to bring the Senate to a grinding halt,” he said.
[Mitch] McConnell [(R-KY)], Sessions and other senior Senate Republicans are slated to speak to reporters on Thursday morning about the brewing controversy [...]
Published: April 19th, 2012 at 8:09 am ET