Senators responded to FERC nominee

Source: By BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

he two leaders of the Senate Energy Committee sounded off on the news that Trump officially nominated James Danly to fill a vacant seat at FERC — without also nominating someone to fill the open Democratic seat at the commission

“FERC has a strong history of operating in a bipartisan fashion and failing to honor the tradition of a bipartisan pairing sets a dangerous precedent moving forward,” ranking member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said in a statement, echoing his previous comments on pairing the nominees. Manchin stopped short of saying he would oppose the nomination of Danly, however, and said he looks forward to meeting him and “reviewing his qualifications.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in his own statement said the Trump administration “should not play politics with our national energy policy and instead follow tradition” by nominating both a Democrat and Republican commissioner. Energy Chairman Lisa Murkowski made no mention of the decades-old pairing tradition in a brief Tuesday statement welcoming Danly’s nomination.