President Donald Trump’s nomination of Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to serve as Secretary of Energy cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Nov. 21.
Brouillette’s nomination was approved 16 to 4 on Nov. 19 by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
The Senate’s 74-to-18 vote on Nov. 21 to invoke cloture clears the way for a final confirmation vote, likely in December after the upcoming Thanksgiving recess.
Trump on Nov. 7 formally nominated Brouillette to serve as the next Secretary of Energy. Brouillette would replace sitting Secretary Rick Perry if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Along with its approval of Brouillette’s nomination on Nov. 19, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee also approved the nomination of James Danly to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by a vote of 12-8.
Danly is currently the general counsel at FERC.