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Congresswoman Jacky Rosen weighs in on Russia investigation, Paris climate accord

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) speaks to News 3 during Connect to Congress. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

With a lot going on in Washington D.C. lately, Nevada's congresswoman from District Three had much to say.

Speaking to News 3's Dana Wagner from the House side of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) discussed everything from Nevada's Yucca Mountain to the nation's healthcare, efforts against terrorism, and the recent investigation into Russia.

Rosen started off with Nevada's Yucca Mountain, a hot-button topic among many with the potential to bring nuclear waste to the state.

“Yucca Mountain is not safe. It’s seismologically active, it’s on an aquifer, and bigger than that is the transportation issue. There’s over 70,000 metric tons of nuclear waste to cross the country," said Rosen. “Can you tell me there’s not going to be an accident in 50 years’ time? Statistically, that’s just impossible.”

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Rosen also discussed the proposed health care bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- that was put into place during former-President Obama's administration. The health care reform bill was passed by House Republicans in May after a previous failed effort to bring the bill to the floor in March.

“I want to see them bring that bill in the front door in the light of day so we can see it, have those open hearings, have that discussion," said Rosen. "That’s what the American people want, that’s what they deserve.”

In response to recent terrorist attacks across the globe, Rosen addressed the victims of the attacks.

“My heart is with every family who has been a victim of this tragedy in any way. Their lives will never be the same. They are torn up by this and our world is being torn up by this," said Rosen.

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She also addressed President Trump and what actions she hopes he will take in light of the recent string of attacks.

“What I really hope is that President Trump takes on a leadership role, calls our allies, calls all the stakeholders in, with experts that we need to determine what the path is going forward with this potential newer wave kind of terrorism," said Rosen. “Our security and safety of so many across this world is at stake and nothing could be more important. I urge the president to reach out and create that coalition so we can figure out what we need to do about this.”

Rosen also discussed the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign during election season.

"At the end of the day, this is not a Democratic issue, a Republican issue; this is an issue about our American values and our communities, and about our right to free, fair, and safe elections. It is sacred, that right, and I want to protect it," said Rosen.

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The freshman congresswoman also expressed disappointment following Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, an agreement that was backed by close to 200 countries.

“I am extremely disappointed and discouraged by the president’s actions here. A real leader stands up and leads. What he should have done is had conversations, collaboration, and thought about how we are going to make this better," said Rosen, also bringing up the benefits of renewable energy with the deal.

Closing her time with News 3, Rosen had a special message for her constituents in Nevada.

“I just want to tell you how humbled and grateful I am to be here, how hard we’re working to advocate for Nevada," said Rosen. “I want to hear your stories, I want to have people call, let me know how you feel about the issues, that informs me as to what I need to do."

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