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Hebert Renomination Passes Senate Panel Hurdle

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 FERC.

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