WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved two Republicans nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the federal commission that oversees the nation's power grid and natural gas pipelines.
Unanimous votes Thursday approving Senate aide Neil Chatterjee and Pennsylvania utility regulator Robert Powelson restore a voting quorum on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Only one commissioner currently serves on the panel, leaving it without a quorum and unable to make decisions on interstate pipelines and other projects worth billions of dollars.
Trump has promised to boost energy production and exports as part of a bid to establish "energy dominance" for the United States, but the
FERC vacancies have hobbled the agency's ability to make decisions.
More than a dozen major projects and utility mergers have been in regulatory limbo for months.