Republican members of the Senate Energy and Natural ResourcesCommittee Wednesday warned Energy Secretary nominee Bill Richardsonhis nomination could face an indefinite delay when it reaches theSenate floor unless the Clinton administration makes concessions onthe controversial issue of nuclear-waste storage. Democrat members,on the other hand, vowed to fight against any efforts to block thenomination.
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Hearing Scheduled on Richardson Nomination
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hasscheduled a hearing for July 22 to take up the nomination of BillRichardson, current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to behead of the Department of Energy.
Richardson Nomination Hearing to be Heated
The White House nomination of Bill Richardson, U.S. ambassadorto the United Nations, to head up the Department of Energy (DOE) islikely to come under heavy fire once it gets to Capitol Hill.
Pena Says DOE Restructuring Bill Nearly Complete
Departing Energy Secretary Federico Pena indicated yesterday thedepartment has nearly finished its work on the legislative proposalfor electricity restructuring, but other federal agencies arelagging behind in their input.
Richardson Reported as Front-Runner for DOE Head
Reports swirled around Washington last week that the White Houseplans to tap Bill Richardson, U.S. Ambassador to the UnitedNations, as the next secretary of the Department of Energy, butthere was no official confirmation. If true, this would mark thesecond time Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Moler, who mostconcede is best qualified for the job, has been edged out of thetop energy post.
Watkins Crafts Tax Relief Bill for Producers
Rep. Wes Watkins (R-OK) introduced legislation Wednesday thatwould provide marginal well tax relief for oil and natural gasproducers. This is a “rifle shot approach,” and is not seen as acompanion to the measure on the same issue that Sen. Kay BaileyHutchinson (R-TX) is expected to sponsor later this week.