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Republicans threaten Reid with Yucca Mountain

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In this April 13, 2006 file photo, Pete Vavricka conducts an underground train from the entrance of Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) In this April 13, 2006 file photo, Pete Vavricka conducts an underground train from the entrance of Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Republican senators are threatening Nevada's Democratic senator with opening a nuclear waste storage facility in his home state if he votes to change Senate rules.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, has recently proposed changing Senate rules to allow a simple majority vote to end a filibuster, a parliamentary procedure which Republicans have used to stymie some bills backed by Democrats. Currently, the rules specify that a vote of three-fifths of the Senate is needed to end a filibuster.

On Monday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, said he does not expect Reid to change Senate rules.

"[Reid] knows that a vote to end the filibuster is a vote to complete Yucca Mountain," Alexander said.

Reid has long been an opponent of the nuclear waste storage facility that was built in a mountain in Nye County, NV, near the California state line. The facility was originally slated to open in 1998, but legal challenges and a cut in federal funding has delayed the project indefinitely.

Reid could not immediately be reached for comment.

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