EXCLUSIVE-Obama to renominate Republican Svinicki to nuclear panel

Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:50pm GMT

WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will renominate Republican Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, defying opposition from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a White House official told Reuters on Thursday.

Republicans want Svinicki, whose term as a commissioner expires in June, to stay on the panel and believe the process is being held up because she, along with three other commission members, accused the current NRC chairman, a Democrat, of bullying women.

"The president will renominate her," the official said, adding a formal announcement was expected in the coming days. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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