Members of both parties said Tuesday they did not believe the NRC needed the extra funding, but that the NRC was using funding as an excuse not to complete the Department of Energy's application for a permit to use the site. The Obama administration is known to favor the closing of Yucca Mountain, and Republicans and Democrats alike said the NRC was ignoring U.S. law by stalling the process.


"The fact is we passed a law that was signed by the President of the United States at that time … and that law has not been repealed," Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) said Tuesday. "Allowing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission such power, to effectively cancel Yucca Mountain after Congress has enacted a law directing that it be accomplished, would be an affront to the Constitution, and it would shift the balance of power to executive agencies to evade congressionally mandated legal obligations."

Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) added that Congress cannot let the administration "unilaterally dictate policy" for nuclear waste, and Rep. Doc HastingsRichard (Doc) Norman HastingsCongress just resolved a 20-year debate over Neolithic remains Boehner hires new press secretary GOP plots new course on Endangered Species Act reform MORE (R-Wash.) pointed out that Congress has acted 32 times to support the use of Yucca Mountain.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) offered the amendment, which would transfer $10 million from Department of Energy administrative funding to the NRC's salaries and expenses account.

The House was expected to wrap up work on the Energy and Water bill, H.R. 5325, by the end of Wednesday. In early afternoon voting, the following additional amendments were also disposed of:

• Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) prohibit funds from being used for the U.S.-China Clean Energy Resource Center, saving $7.5 million. Failed 181-229.

• Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), to prohibit the Department of Energy from obligating loan funds in violation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Passed 348-60.

• Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), prohibiting funds from being used to conduct a survey in which money is included or provided for the benefit of the responder. Passed 355-51

• Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), prohibiting funds for a currently authorized study of the Missouri River. Passed 242-168.

Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeBiden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' Federal government to observe Juneteenth holiday on Friday House approves Juneteenth holiday, sends bill to Biden's desk MORE (D-Texas), to transfer $10 million to Corp of Engineers-Civil-Department of the Army-Construction from National Nuclear Security Administration-Weapons Activities. Failed 150-260.

• Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), to require the Department of Energy to include in its definition of "responsible" contractors compliance with anti-trust laws. Point of order raised.

Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE (R-Ariz.), to prohibit the use of funds for the Batteries and Electric Drive Technology program within the Department of Energy's Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program. Rejected voice vote.

• Flake, to prohibit funds from being used by the Department of Energy to fund the Wind Powering America Initiative. Passed voice vote.