Senate Committee Advances Willie Phillips as Decisive FERC Vote

Nov. 2, 2021, 2:53 PM

Willie L. Phillips Jr. won bipartisan support from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday to be the fifth and deciding vote on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The committee voted unanimously, by voice vote, to advance Phillips’ nomination to the Senate floor. Phillips would give the five-member commission its first Democratic majority since 2017.

“I believe Mr. Phillips will bring a wealth of expertise in safeguarding energy reliability and affordability to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the committee’s top Republican, said in a statement.

Phillips would fill the role vacated by Republican Neil Chatterjee, ...

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