Shimkus was accompanied on his visit by Reps. Gene GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenTexas New Members 2019 Two Democrats become first Texas Latinas to serve in Congress Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 MORE (D-Texas) and Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessHouse approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran GOP rep: Children are free to leave migrant camps at 'any time' MORE (R-Texas), both members of the Energy & Commerce Committee.

In comments to the Carmi Times, Shimkus said Yucca Mountain was closed for "no apparent scientific or technical reasons," and said the site is needed to consolidate nuclear waste.

"There are over 120 storage pools scattered around the country," he said. "We need to proceed with a consolidated site, and one site has been in the works for years."

Shimkus also implied Republicans could make the Yucca Mountain issue into a jobs issue by saying that people living closest to the site "want to see Yucca move forward," and that they have seen job losses since the site was shut down by the Obama administration.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Steyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong MORE (D-Nev.) has worked to keep the site closed, despite billions of dollars spent over the last three decades to prepare the site as a disposal facility for radioactive waste.