For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524
August 23, 2013
*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
CARDIN TO HOLD SEQUESTRATION TOWN HALL WITH FEDERAL WORKERS AT NUCLEAR REGULATORY AGENCY
, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will visit the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a town hall session with leadership and supervisors from across the agency. The NRC has oversight the 65 commercially operating nuclear power plants with 104 nuclear reactors in 31 states around the country. Thirty-six of the plants have two or more reactors. These plants generated 20% of U.S. electricity each year. Because of sequestration, the NRC, which is charged with regulating civilian use of our nuclear power and nuclear materials, has seen a $52 million cut in its FY13 budget.
“Not every agency has faced furloughs, but deep cuts have taken their toll on programs and the uncertainty has shaken federal employees in every corner of the government. Sequestration is hurting real people and real families. It’s harming our national security readiness and local economies,” said Senator Cardin. “It is irresponsible to let political dysfunction get in the way of ensuring for our national security and public safety. We must replace sequestration with a realistic budget before facing even more dire cuts in FY14.”
WHAT: Senator Cardin Sequestration Town Hall at the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Media covering the event must have a media/press credential and should allow sufficient time to clear security.
WHERE: 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD
NOTE: Media wishing to attend are requested to RSVP to the NRC Office of Public Affairs 301-415-8200