WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today applauded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s passage of their International Nuclear Energy Act , legislation to promote engagement with ally and partner nations to develop a civil nuclear export strategy and offset China and Russia’s growing influence on international nuclear energy development.
“We are at a critical point in the fight for energy security. Whether the goal is to reduce energy dependence on Russia or support clean energy innovation, more and more countries are looking towards nuclear energy for their future energy security,” said Risch. “Exporting new and advanced nuclear technologies like small modular and micro-reactors helps our partners meet their energy needs and is a strategic imperative in great power competition with Russia and China. This bill promotes U.S. interagency coordination and prioritization of civil nuclear exports, and provides new tools for U.S. agencies to fund civil nuclear projects in partner countries.”
“American energy security and independence is crucial to our national security, and our bipartisan International Nuclear Energy Act will help the United States remain a global superpower while strengthening our global partnerships. I’m pleased the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed this important legislation out of committee today, and I am dedicated to supporting the development of our civil nuclear exports while ensuring American energy is affordable, reliable, clean, and secure,” said Manchin.
The International Nuclear Energy Act would:
Full text of the International Nuclear Energy Act can be found here.