U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement after the Senate reconfirmed the nomination of Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:
"I commend the Senate for reconfirming Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The only reason her nomination has been held up by the White House and the Democrat-led Senate was because she had the courage to stand up to a hostile work environment, and to the bully who was responsible for it -- outgoing NRC Chairman Dr. Gregory Jaczko. Commissioner Svinicki's credentials are unmatched: She is one of the world's leading experts on nuclear safety, and was confirmed by the Senate to her current term without a single dissenting vote. She has served as commissioner with distinction, and richly deserves her reconfirmation."