On April 23, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced he placed a hold on the nomination of Dr. Ernest Moniz to be Secretary of Energy. He cited concerns surrounding the administration’s plan in the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget to slow construction of the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina. The budget also cuts the program by $115 million from 2012 levels. Sen. Graham said he would lift the hold if the Department pledges to continue the program.