- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Congressional Rep. Cresent Hardy says he’s tired of the federal government overreaching and interfering in state issues.

The freshman Republican railed against federal control of state lands during a speech Wednesday to the Nevada Legislature.

He also argued that the state should be more open to discussing the possibility of opening the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada.

Hardy made waves in March by publicly pushing for some compromise on the waste site at a time when most Nevada lawmakers vehemently oppose the idea.

The former Mesquite Assemblyman surprised many by defeating Democratic incumbent Steven Horsford in 2014. State Sen. Ruben Kihuen announced several weeks ago that he’ll run against Hardy in 2016.

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