Senate approves nominees for energy oversight commission
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved two more members of the federal commission that oversees the nation’s power grid and natural gas pipelines, including President Donald Trump’s choice for chairman.
On voice votes, senators approved Republican Kevin McIntyre to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Democrat Richard Glick to round out the five-member panel. The commission was without a quorum for six months and was unable to make decisions on interstate pipelines and other projects worth billions of dollars.
That changed in August when two GOP commissioners were approved. The panel now has the full five members.
Industry groups hailed the Senate action and urged commissioners to act on long-pending pipeline projects.
The commission also must decide on a Trump administration plan to bolster nuclear and coal-fired power plants.