Regulations on civilian nuke exports draw GOP scrutiny

Led by Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), seven Republicans on the committee sent a letter Tuesday to outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu, requesting information about the forthcoming rules and the review process for export licenses through the National Nuclear Security Administration.

“We seek to examine how current policies and Administration efforts affect opportunities for enhancing or expanding U.S. manufacturing and competitiveness, both for strengthening domestic job growth and for the benefit of U.S. influence over international nuclear safety and nuclear security,” the lawmakers wrote.

In the letter, the group posed a series of questions on the matter and requested answers by April 12.

Also signing the letter were committee Vice Chairwoman Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnBlackburn pushes back on potential Corker bid: 'I'm going to win' Nervous GOP seeks new 2018 Senate candidates in three states Corker 'listening closely' to calls to reconsider retirement MORE (R-Tenn.), Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-Texas), Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), subcommittee Vice Chairman Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessDems push for hearing on funding gun violence research 30 million people will experience eating disorders — the CDC needs to help Puerto Rico Rep.: Budget deal will fully fund Puerto Rico Medicaid for two years MORE (R-Texas), Energy and Power subcommittee Chairman Ed WhitfieldWayne (Ed) Edward WhitfieldWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? Overnight Energy: Green group sues Exxon over climate science MORE (R-Ky.) and Environment and the Economy subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-Ill.).