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Earlier today, the House voted on a number of amendments to the Energy-Water appropriations bill. I want to highlight a few in this diary and will write another tomorrow highlighting others.

Dina Titus (NV-01) offered two amendments related to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site.

In 1987, Yucca Mountain was designated as a potential site for storing spent nuclear fuel. It has faced significant (justified) opposition from environmentalists and the broader public because of the risks involved. Although approved by Congress in 2002, the site was closed in 2011 for safety reasons.

Titus offered an amendment to eliminate all $150 million allocated for nuclear waste disposal and divert the funds toward reducing the deficit. She argued that this money would be eventually be spent developing the Yucca Mountain site.

It failed 75 to 344.

69 Democrats and 6 Republicans voted for it. 122 Democrats and 222 Republicans voted against it.

Joyce Beatty (OH-03)
Xavier Becerra (CA-34)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Lois Capps (CA-24)
Mike Capuano (MA-07)
Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Judy Chu (CA-27)
Katherine Clark (MA-05)
Yvette Clarke (NY-09)
Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
John Conyers (MI-13)
Joe Crowley (NY-14)
Susan Davis (CA-53)
Ted Deutch (FL-21)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
Donna Edwards (MD-04)
Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
Lois Frankel (FL-22)
Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)
Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04)
Janice Hahn (CA-44)
Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Rush Holt (NJ-12)
Mike Honda (CA-17)
Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Jared Huffman (CA-02)
Joe Kennedy (MA-04)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Sandy Levin (MI-09)
John Lewis (GA-05)
Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Ben Luján (NM-03)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Doris Matsui (CA-06)
Jim McGovern (MA-02)
Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
Grace Meng (NY-06)
Jerry Nadler (NY-10)
Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35)
Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
Gary Peters (MI-14)
Mark Pocan (WI-02)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Linda Sánchez (CA-38)
Loretta Sánchez (CA-46)
Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
David Scott (GA-13)
Jose Serrano (NY-15)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)
Adam Smith (WA-09)
Mark Takano (CA-41)
Mike Thompson (CA-05)
John Tierney (MA-06)
Dina Titus (NV-01)
Niki Tsongas (MA-03)
Nydia Velázquez (NY-07)
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23)
Henry Waxman (CA-33)

The geographic reasons why the 6 Republican supporters voted for it are clear.

Mark Amodei (NV-02)
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
Joe Heck (NV-04)
Buck McKeon (CA-25)
Chris Stewart (UT-02)

Her other amendment would have eliminated a section of the bill that prevents the use of funds to "irrevocably remove the possibility that Yucca Mountain may be a repository option in the future."

The amendment failed 96 to 326.

89 Democrats and 7 Republicans voted for it. 222 Republicans and 104 Democrats voted against it.

The roll call was similar to that of the prior amendment.

It picked up one more Republican supporter: Walter Jones (NC-03).

Here are the Democrats who supported the second amendment but not the first.

Karen Bass (CA-37)
Matt Cartwright (PA-17)
David Cicilline (RI-01)
Danny Davis (IL-07)
Pete DeFazio (OR-04)
Diana DeGette (CO-01)
Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
John Garamendi (CA-03) [not present for prior vote]
Jim Langevin (RI-02)
Michele Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
Stephen Lynch (MA-08)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Jerry McNerney (CA-09)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
John Sarbanes (MD-03)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Brad Sherman (CA-30)
Louise Slaughter (NY-25)
Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Juan Vargas (CA-51)
Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Frederica Wilson (FL-24)

Cleaver, Gutierrez, and Smith voted against this amendment even though they voted for the prior one.

In other nuclear-related votes, Mike Quigley (IL-05) offered an amendment to reduce funds for the National Nuclear Security Administration, Weapons Activities account (specifically the Long Range Standoff Cruise Missile Warhead Study) by $7.6 million and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.

It failed 181 to 239.

161 Democrats and 20 Republicans voted for it. 208 Republicans and 31 Democrats voted against it.

Here are the 20 Republicans who voted for it. They like cutting spending more than they like nukes in this case.

Justin Amash (MI-03)
Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Jimmy Duncan (TN-02)
Morgan Griffith (VA-09)
Richard Hanna (NY-22)
Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
Walter Jones (NC-03)
Jim Jordan (OH-04)
Tom Massie (KY-04)
Luke Messer (IN-06)
Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)
Tom Petri (WI-06)
Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Mark Sanford (SC-01)
Aaron Schock (IL-18)
Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
Steve Stockman (TX-36)

Here are the 31 Democrats who voted against it:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Corinne Brown (FL-05)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
John Dingell (MI-12)
Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Al Green (TX-09)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Eddie Johnson (TX-30)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Rick Larsen (WA-02)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
Ben Luján (NM-03)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Jim Moran (VA-08)
Collin Peterson (MN-08)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
Bradley Schneider (IL-10)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Bobby Scott (VA-03)
Terri Sewell (AL-07)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
Louise Slaughter (NY-25)
Adam Smith (WA-09)
Eric Swalwell (CA-15)

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  •  I'm very sorry (1+ / 0-)
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       to say this but this entire article is VERY confusing. I say that as a STRONG anti nuclear in any form person.
        You don't state if Dina Titus is a D or R.
        It's not clear that Democrats are in the majority of wanting to turn Nevada into a nuclear wasteland.
        Yucca Mt. is a battle that was fought and ended, a good part of the reason is Harry Reid.
        I've read through what you wrote and I don't understand. I know Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee would not in ANY WAY knowing the earthquake danger to Ca. vote for something that in any way would bring Yucca Mt. back to life. So clarification is needed in your diary.
       It doesn't make sense. Harry wouldn't be happy.

    March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:20:43 PM PDT

    •  I've now reread this like 4 or 5 (2+ / 0-)
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      Wisper, unfangus

        times and I think I understand but what a lot of mental energy to decipher if you had offered more explanation.
        I wondered if the 150 million isn't to be used for some of the nuclear waste storage problem nationwide. Was it specifically designated for Yucca only or some tricks and loopholes that it wouldn't be used for confronting the nuclear waste problem?
        Long short. it wouldn't get past Harry and maybe Obama would step up to the plate and say he'd veto it. At worst maybe he'd use his first veto.
         As stupid as our congresspeople have become the 1st read of this is, it reads like against nuclear waste disposal.
         Point being. I'm anti nuclear and you confused me.
         Sorry to say that.

      March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

      by 3rock on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:53:49 PM PDT

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  •  Terrible headline, terrible diary. (4+ / 0-)
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    Joffan, FG, MGross, stevemb

    Nuclear waste has to go somewhere. As Fukushima showed, storing it onsite, as is currently done, is a terrible solution.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:55:34 PM PDT

    •  Believe me (0+ / 0-)

        it's not going to YUCCA MT. Close enough to the San Andres Fault line to crack the shit out of Yucca MT. (studies have been done) and poison the underground aquifers enveloping Ca. and the Colorado river forever.

      March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

      by 3rock on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:03:01 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, and even if it's not Nevada (0+ / 0-)

      Congress needs to update its own legislation to allow other options.

      All that is required right now are the extremely limited funds to be allocated to publish the findings of the incredibly detailed work that was done on Yucca Mountain safety evaluation.

      The reason there is such opposition to publishing - in my opinion - is that the anti nuclear folks in positions of power know that the result of that evaluation will be that Yucca Mountain is indeed a safe place to store spent nuclear fuel. And I don't care whether the final decision is for Yucca Mountain or against it, but those studies should be published.

      This is not a sig-line.

      by Joffan on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:09:59 PM PDT

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      •  yeah right (0+ / 0-)

          and you've I'd bet have never been in an earthquake and seen a cabinet dance and fall or things fly across a room like a hit baseball. It's called the San Andreas fault.
           I'd bet the study wasn't done by people who've experienced such. The nuke cartel most likely.
           The real reality is nuke waste can't be moved safely. There shouldn't be nuclear power plants to start with.
           10,000 years is an eon.
           They still haven't fixed the New Mexico spill. It's contaminated!

        March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

        by 3rock on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 11:29:13 PM PDT

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        •  It's called science. (0+ / 0-)

          It doesn't matter if I personally have never been in an earthquake - the people doing the evaluation have all the information about the damage effects of earthquakes available to them in a way that goes far beyond your emotional reactions.

          All you are expressing is your own discomfort with these ideas. You are not evaluating them in any useful way.

          This is not a sig-line.

          by Joffan on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 10:11:15 AM PDT

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  •  YUCK, they should move it to North Dakota (0+ / 0-)

    they are going to have an enormous hole to fill when they get done emptying the Bakken sludge, it's geologically very stable, and nearly uninhabited. (although, Nevada, with AGW will become uninhabitable anyway)

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 10:25:16 PM PDT

  •  Back to my original point (0+ / 0-)

      I'm 63. EVERY election other Democrats manipulate people just like we are all stupid. It turns people OFF. It's why people don't vote. Rather than a simple Dina Titus D.
       The younger generations have always been an asset to the Democratic Party. They wouldn't even come close to getting this lacking diary but ya got a pill outta me.
       Time to skip this god damned electionmanipulationearing. Been there done that.

    March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 11:40:29 PM PDT

  •  Yucca Mountain returns in 2016. (1+ / 0-)

    Obama will be gone, and Harry Reid will (probably) not win re-election.  Reid only won in 2010 because the local Tea idiots ran a terrible candidate against him, and Obama only suspended the implementation of Yucca Mountain as a favor to Reid.

    For the next two years, our disposal plan will apparently consist of "hope nothing bad happens to those on-site cooling pools" which has worked out really well for Japan.

  •  Nuclear Wasteland?? *rolls eyes* (0+ / 0-)

    This sort of ridiculous fearmongering doesn't make it easy to take this diary seriously.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 07:46:50 AM PDT

    •  That's caught my eyes too. (0+ / 0-)

      As Stalin used to write, paper (or blogs) will take any ink you put on it!

      Fact: thousands of tons of nuclear waste is moved every year. Someone idiotically states that it can't be done safely. Yet here we are with, after 60 years of moving nuclear waste, not a SINGLE accident that resulted in turning "Nevada into a nuclear wasteland".

      If I were anti-nuclear, that is seriously anti-nuclear, this would be a complete non-issue.

      The San Andreas Fault is nowhere NEAR Yucca Mt. What idiot writes this short of crap? Where are the serious anti-nukes on the DK gone too??

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 12:14:29 PM PDT

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