Obama to nominate Republican nuke regulator to another term

Svinicki's first term ends June 30.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left MORE (R-Ky.), in a statement Thursday morning, urged quick action on the nomination.

"There is no reason for this re-nomination and re-confirmation to wait another day. If Democrats have a problem with Commissioner Svinicki, let’s debate it," McConnell said.

"So this morning, I renew my call for the White House to send this nomination over immediately and for the Senate to act quickly to get Commissioner Svinicki re-confirmed," he said.

—Ben Geman contributed.

This post was updated at 10:45 a.m.