U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute President and CEO Karen Harbert recently praised the U.S. Senate for its confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson as new commissioners for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
“For months, an increasing number of critical energy infrastructure projects have been stalled due to a lack of a quorum at FERC,” Harbert said in her statement on the chamber's website. “We’re pleased that the Senate has finally acted to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson. Both nominees are exceptionally well qualified and will serve with distinction. While overdue, the Senate’s action will now allow American energy companies the ability to move forward with projects that will create jobs and improve our security.”
Harbert leads the Global Energy Institute under the auspices of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
A chamber-led alliance of more than 90 business organizations also dispatched a letter addressed specifically to Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urging Congress to “stop stalling” on confirming various nominees to administration posts.
That letter commented on “the slow pace of confirmations … depriving agencies across the government of critical leadership” and criticized its adverse effect on government – and, by extension, the U.S. economy – due to untimely delays.