Negotiators unveil text of nuclear energy deal

By Andres Picon, Nico Portuondo | 05/02/2024 06:47 AM EDT

The compromise nuclear package and other energy amendments could pass with the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has been leading efforts on advanced nuclear in the Senate. Scott Applewhite/AP

Senators on Wednesday released the text of a highly anticipated nuclear energy package that they hope will supercharge the American nuclear industry and pave the way for the next generation of reactors.

The nearly 100-page proposal was offered as an amendment to the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, along with a slew of other energy and environment-related measures.

The $105 billion bill would extend FAA programs for five years and enact a host of policies to address crucial aviation issues. It also includes a number of policy provisions on airport environmental reviews, aviation fuels and energy efficiency.


The Senate voted 89-10 on Wednesday to advance the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024,” H.R. 3935, on a procedural motion, kicking off what is expected to be days of negotiations on amendments that could pave the way for long-awaited passage of the overwhelmingly bipartisan nuclear legislation.