Sen. Wyden: 'It's time to vote' on DOE nominee

Wyden, whose committee handles the DOE nomination, noted that Scott — the lone committee vote against advancing Moniz’s nomination last month — has “reasonable policy questions.”

At issue is the Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.

The initiative is supposed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

The future of the program is in doubt because of an Obama administration-proposed budget cut, and the Palmetto State senators are concerned about being stuck with the plutonium.

Graham and Scott have been in talks with the White House about the matter.

Murkowski said that while she wants to get Moniz’s nomination to the floor, she understands Scott and Graham are looking for “assurances” from the White House.

Still, she said Moniz has “pretty broad support amongst members.”

Moniz currently directs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative. A physicist, he also has served as an outside advisor to President Obama and was undersecretary for Energy during former President Clinton’s administration.