Trump to Nominate Two for FERC Openings

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By: Michael K. Reer

On June 28, 2017, the Trump Administration announced plans to nominate Richard Glick as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Glick currently serves as Democratic general counsel on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and would replace Democratic Commissioner Colette Honorable. On July 13, 2017, the Trump Administration announced plans to nominate Kevin J. McIntyre as a Republican FERC commissioner. McIntyre serves as an attorney at the law firm Jones Day and would fill a currently vacant commissioner seat. When at capacity, FERC has five commissioners, three of whom may be the same party as the President. President Trump has now nominated four potential FERC commissioners, including three Republicans. If confirmed by the Senate, the four will join Democratic Commissioner Cheryle LaFleur, thus filling all commissioner vacancies. FERC has operated without a quorum of at least three commissioners since February 2017. The agency’s inability to approve major infrastructure projects without a quorum has resulted in a backlog of $14 billion worth of permit applications. On July 26, 2017, Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian wrote a letter to U.S. Senators Cornyn and Cruz, advocating for the U.S. Senate to confirm the Trump Administration’s nominees.

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