December 19th, 2008
In the spirit of allowing plenty of time to plan for the new year, ENR [Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee] announces its first three hearings for the 111th Congress:
¯ Thursday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m., in Dirksen 366, to receive testimony on current energy security challenges. Witnesses TBA.
¯ Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 10:00 a.m., in Dirksen 366, to consider the nomination of Dr. Steven Chu to be Secretary of Energy.
¯ Thursday, Jan. 15, at 9:30 a.m., in Dirksen 366, to consider the nomination of Sen. Ken Salazar to be Secretary of the Interior.
Sen. Bingaman: “Dr. Chu and Sen. Salazar both are highly qualified and experienced, and I look forward to hearing their views on the important work which our President-elect has asked them to undertake.”
Sen. Murkowski: “I look forward to hearing from the nominees, both of whom are very accomplished, about how we can ensure our energy security. I’ve always had a good working relationship with Sen. Salazar, and I’ve spoken with Dr. Chu and believe I will have the same with him. The administration and Congress must work together to develop sensible and balanced public policy to meet our energy needs and curb our greenhouse gas emissions without hampering the economy.”
(Sen. Murkowski is expected to assume the position of ranking Republican on the committee from Sen. Pete Domenici, who is retiring from the Senate.)
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