Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA)

S. 903 & H.R. 3306

S. 903


  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)


  • Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
  • Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
  • Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
  • Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE)
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Sen. Doug Jones (D-GA)
  • Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
  • Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)
  • Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  • Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)


  • 3/27/19


H.R. 3306


  • Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA-2)
  • Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA-5)
  • Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-17)
  • Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-VA-1)


  • Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1)
  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)
  • Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY-20)
  • Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA-6)
  • Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC-5)
  • Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA-25)
  • Rep. David Roe (R-TN-1)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-1)
  • Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ-3)
  • Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC-7)


  • 6/18/19


  • Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish specific goals to align federal, lab and private-sector efforts and demonstrate multiple advanced nuclear reactors by the mid 2020’s;
  • Develops a 10-year strategic plan that supports advanced nuclear goals;
  • Provides a sufficient interim supply of advanced nuclear fuel for many advanced nuclear designs until the commercial sector is prepared;
  • Allows federal power purchase agreements to contract for up to 40 years in duration;
  • Creates a pilot program for the federal government to purchase power from reactors to get the first models planned and financed and finally,
  • Allocates dollars towards scholarships that will encourage a strong nuclear workforce.


Future nuclear reactors will need to be smaller, cheaper, flexible and more widely deployed. Modernizing our nuclear sector is vital to ensuring that our electric grid has plenty of zero-carbon flexible power. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act takes necessary action to achieve these goals.


  • ClearPath Action
  • ThirdWay
  • Bipartisan Policy Action
  • Clean Air Task Force
  • Nuclear Innovation Alliance
  • American Nuclear Society
  • CRES Forum
  • American Council for Capital Formation
  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Nuclear Energy Institute
  • US Nuclear Industry Council
  • R Street
  • US Chamber of Commerce
  • Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization

View the full text of S. 3422(115th Congress)

View the full text of S. 903 (116th Congress)

View the full text of H.R. 3306

Advanced Nuclear NGOs Applaud NELA Intro - March 27, 2019

ClearPath Action Rundown on NELA - March 29, 2019

VIDEO: An expert briefing on NELA - November 15 2018