The Senate is expected to confirm President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tuesday, over objections of leading Republicans.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., took to the Senate Floor Monday to bash Norman Bay, whom Obama intends to eventually move into the top spot.
“In my view Mr. Bay is not qualified to be a commissioner, let alone to be chairman of FERC,” Barrasso said. “This man does not have the background, the qualifications and certainly experience to take on this important role.”
Bay’s nomination raised questions over his experience and questions about his work heading FERC’s enforcement office. As we reported last month on CQ.com, Bay squeaked through an Energy and Natural Resources Committee vote after Democrats said they secured assurance from the White House that Acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur, expected to be confirmed for another term Tuesday, would remain in the top seat for nine months.
Word of that agreement wasn’t enough to sway most Republicans on the committee, including Barrasso.