The Senate needs to proceed with the confirmation process for Ernest Moniz, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Department of Energy, said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., put a procedural hold on the confirmation because of budget concerns related to the department's mixed-oxide fuel project in South Carolina. Wyden said he and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have talked to Graham and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., "a number of times, and we'll continue to do it. I think it's time to vote."

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