Senate Confirms Democrat Clements, Republican Christie to FERC

By [email protected] The U.S. Senate voted Monday to confirm the nominations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, approving a bipartisan pairing that will bring the agency to a full five members, though it is likely to retain a Republican majority through mid-2021.

Monday’s voice vote ends a two-year stalemate over the tradition of “pairing” Republicans with Democrats when filling vacancies at FERC. Last year the Trump administration declined to move forward with a nomination for Clements, a Democrat and founder and president of energy policy consulting firm Goodgrid, director of clean energy markets at the Energy

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