Ackerman addresses Amodei’s recent vote to allow nuclear testing in Nevada
– This week, Patricia Ackerman, candidate for Nevada’s Second Congressional District, addressed Rep. Mark Amodei’s recent congressional vote, which would allow President Trump to resume nuclear testing in Nevada.
A $740 billion defense bill was passed in the House of Representatives this week, containing measures to block the expansion of an Air Force training range into 840,000 acres of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, preventing a massive public land transfer for military use. In addition, the bill also includes an amendment that prohibits nuclear testing from resuming in Nevada.
“This Refuge is home to bighorn sheep and the area has great significance to our Native populations. I agree with conservation and environmental groups that preventing this expansion is critical to protecting our public land,” Ackerman stated.
In responding to Amodei’s vote against the amendment that would prohibit nuclear testing, Ackerman stated: “It is concerning and disheartening that my opponent, Rep. Mark Amodei, would allow nuclear testing to resume in rural Nevada. This testing would have detrimental impacts on the biodiversity of our state and put the health and safety of Nevadans at risk. It is time for Amodei to prioritize Nevadans, not out-of-state interests.”
Nevada’s three other Congressional Representatives voted in favor of this amendment, claiming explosive testing is “unnecessary” in Nevada.