Manchin sees lane for votes of FERC commissioners and energy bill

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020

 Joe Manchin, the Senate Energy Committee’s top Democrat, predicted today that the upper chamber will confirm a pair of FERC commissioners in the lame duck period after the election.

The committee held a confirmation hearing in September for President Trump’s most recent nominations to FERC: Republican Mark Christie, chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and Democrat Allison Clements, a clean energy lawyer.

“I truly believe this will be done before the end of the year. These are two good people,” Manchin said during a keynote speech at the virtual fall meeting of WIRES, a trade group representing the transmission industry.

Manchin noted confirming Christie and Clements would restore FERC to its “quorum” or full capacity.