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Brief -- FERC Quorum

Ninety-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle recently signed a letter asking President Trump to prioritize the nomination and confirmation of commissioners to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission "so that the current standstill at the agency can quickly be resolved." Included in the list of signatures were 34 members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, including Joe Barton (R-TX), the committee's vice chairman. The letter was dated Feb. 22, as was a second letter sent to by more 14 Democratic members calling on Trump tobegin the process of filling vacancies at FERC. The logjam at FERC began days after Trump's inauguration, when he named Cheryl LaFleur acting chairman and Norman Bay submitted his resignation effective Feb. 3. Without a quorum, FERC can conduct routine business, but commissioners cannot vote on important projects or rules.

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