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White House reportedly looking at other candidates to head FERC

From the September 27, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 27, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director

The White House is looking at other candidates for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission now that nominee Ron Binz faces a tie vote at best in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, POLITICO reported Sept. 26. The paper quoted Keith Chu, a spokesman for the committee’s Democrats, as saying that the panel "is aware that other candidates are being considered to lead FERC." Asked whether the White House was looking at other possibilities for the FERC job, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Sept. 26 that Binz is a "very qualified candidate" and "the Senate ought to act on his nomination."

Eleven of the 22 members of the committee—all of the GOP members and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia—have announced they will vote against confirming Binz. Another potential no vote, Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, has not said how she would vote.

Binz’s nomination unexpectedly became embroiled in controversy. Conservative groups campaigned against him, as did the coal industry, and The Wall Street Journal ran editorials opposing his nomination.



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