UPDATED 7:24 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 28, 2018
President Trump’s pick to sit on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is moving forward in the confirmation process.
The Senate panel tasked with overseeing the nomination of Bernard McNamee decided largely along party lines Tuesday to send his bid to the floor for a full Senate vote.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to vote in favor of McNamee, who has been criticized over his support of fossil fuels.
McNamee currently serves as a senior official at the Department of Energy.
If confirmed by the Senate, he will replace Commissioner Robert Powelson, who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s plan to save coal and nuclear energy.