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Landrieu takes charge at Senate energy panel; Wyden to head Finance Committee


From the February 12, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 12, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., was installed yesterday as chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, taking over the chairmanship from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Wyden is expected to be sworn in this week as head of the Senate Finance Committee, to replace Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as chairman. The Senate confirmed Baucus on Feb. 6 as the new U.S. ambassador to China.

Landrieu told the National Journal yesterday that she has not yet crafted a detailed plan for her chairmanship. 

"I have not made any decisions about the agenda yet. I am in a complete listening mode," she said. 

The National Journal reported that Landrieu reached out to members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners at their winter meeting this week in Washington, D.C. 

"If you have had problems with the committee before, please give me a chance to straighten them out," she told the NARUC gathering. "If you have gotten along with the committee before, give me some tips as to how that worked so well, and we'll go from there, but please give me a chance," she said.

Wyden "is now poised to take over the Senate's most powerful committee,"Politico reported yesterday in a lengthy article, The Rise of Ron Wyden. Among the senator's priorities are a restoration of the federal Build America Bonds program, Forbes magazine reported. He also would like to encourage personal savings by creating a new investment account for all Americans at birth, the magazine reported.

 

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