Obama to nominate nuclear official that Reid accused of lying

President Obama’s decision to re-nominate Republican Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission puts him at odds with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a vocal critic of the nuclear official.

Reid stressed his opposition to Svinicki’s re-nomination at a press conference Thursday and did not say whether he’d allow a floor vote on the nomination.

“[T]hat’s why we have a Congress, and there’ll be hearings held, and we’ll approach that when we have to. That’s just not right now,” he said, pointing to Sen. Dean Heller’s (R-Nev.) opposition to the nomination.

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