Hebert Renomination Passes Senate Panel Hurdle
Commissioner Curt Hebert met no resistance yesterday at his
reconfirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural
Resources Committee. The panel was scheduled to meet later in the
day to approve his reconfirmation to a new five-year term at the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and then forward it to the
full Senate for a vote.
Senate Energy Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Larry
Craig (R-ID) assured Hebert that they would try to "expedite"
committee approval and "move it quickly to the [Senate] floor,"
where his renomination was not expected to encounter any problems.
Both Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and Sen. Thad
Cochran (R-MS) appeared before the panel to endorse Hebert for a
second term, which would expire in June 2004. Lott told the
committee that Hebert had agreed to serve his first FERC term,
which was only a partial one, "with the understanding that he would
get a second term." Hebert had finished the term that was vacated
by former Commissioner Donald Santa.
Lott noted that Hebert had "more than adequate qualifications,"
a "common sense approach," and "understands the world of energy."
Additionally, he "acted very responsibly" during his first term at
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