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Congresswoman Rosen talks health care and Yucca Mountain from D.C.

Jacky Rosen speaks with News 3's Dana Wagner during Connect to Congress. 3/8/17 (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Nevada's freshman congresswoman from District Three is already busy at work and looking forward to making progress with the 115th Congress.

Speaking to News 3's Dana Wagner from the Russell Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) started off by discussing the bill to overhaul Obamacare, introduced this week by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“We’re going to have to look at the bill and see what it actually has – it’s quite large – and determine how it will hurt us. I can tell you we have decreased by 50-percent the number of uninsured, not just in the state of Nevada but in CD3. I’m very proud of that," said Rosen. “Every decision that we make, everything we look at, has to remember there’s families and there’s lives at stake.”

Rosen also responded to disapproval of the bill by Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, and the possibility that it may not survive in Congress.

“It seems to be that the Republicans are having a lot of issues with it, and of course, I know on our side we are too, so I hope we can come together across the aisle, talk about the things we don’t like, worry about what we need to protect, and put those in there to create a good bill," said Rosen.

When asked about the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the past election, Rosen mentioned her desire for a bipartisan independent investigation into the matter.

"I want to find out the facts, regardless of who they impacted, and be sure that we’re finding ways to increase our cyber security, increase our homeland security, and do everything we can to protect our Democratic values," said Rosen. "We need that independent investigation to be sure that we’re going to be able to protect ourselves in the future.”

Rosen also touched on the investigation's importance to also look into the recent claim by President Trump that former President Obama ordered phone tapping at Trump Tower during the 2016 election.

"If the president has the facts or the evidence, he should be turning that over to the bipartisan investigative committee, and we can go forward, determining the facts and determining what we need to do in order to protect our democracy," said Rosen. "That's what's most important about this independent investigation."

A big hot-button topic is the fight to keep Nevada's Yucca Mountain from becoming a nuclear waste depository, coming into question again after Rick Perry's recent confirmation as energy secretary.

"Myself and my colleagues have co-sponsored a legislation to reintroduce the consent act for nuclear waste, and that means that the states have to agree to have it come, so we don’t want Nevada ... We're moving forward with that legislation to let nuclear waste go someplace else. I’m going to do everything I can to fight against it," said Rosen.

Rosen also discussed International Women's Day with our Connect to Congress group, which was celebrated around the globe on Wednesday.

"A day without women is like a day without sunshine and we need to let everybody know how much we matter and how much we care and that all we want is an equal shake," said Rosen.

She finished up with a message for her constituents in Nevada: "I call Nevada home and I want it to stay a great place. That’s why I’m here and that’s what I’m working on every day.”

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