In 2010, Sen. Patty Murray tried to pass a proposal that would have provided $200 million to continue the licensing for the Yucca Mountain project, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opposes because it is in his home state.
An assessment by the Congressional Research Service in a February 2009 report concluded: “The history of site selection efforts under NWPA indicates that a new repository site search would be slow-moving and extremely controversial. Vast areas of the United States would again be under consideration.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.