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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Moniz soon to be confirmed

Looks like the new Secretary of Energy will be in place soon...

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Senate to vote on Energy secretary nomination
By Ben Geman - 05/10/13
The Hill

The Senate is slated to vote next week on Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s nominee to run the Energy Department.

Lawmakers reached an agreement Thursday to proceed with the vote on Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist who served as undersecretary of Energy in the Clinton administration. It will occur as early as Tuesday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had been holding up a vote over his concerns about federal management of a program in his state to transform weapons-grade plutonium into fuel.

But the Senate’s “unanimous consent” agreement reached Thursday to allow the vote to proceed means Graham has lifted the procedural block on Moniz. Graham’s office did not comment Friday morning.

Graham had suggested Thursday that a resolution was in the works.

Moniz, once the Senate votes, is expected to win easy confirmation. He will replace former Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Moniz directs the MIT Energy Initiative.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He was confirmed by a vote of 97 - 0 today.

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