U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after Commissioner Colette Honorable announced that her final day at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be June 30, 2017.
“Commissioner Honorable has served with distinction. While I did not agree with her on every issue, she has been an outstanding regulator, and I wish her and her family well. Although I understand and respect Commissioner Honorable’s decision to step down this week, her departure again underscores the urgent need to re-establish a quorum at FERC.
“FERC’s work is increasingly important. Getting the agency back to the normal course of business remains a top priority for me. I will continue to push for a confirmation vote for Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, who were favorably reported by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month on a strong bipartisan basis. Even with Commissioner Honorable’s departure, FERC will be able to get back to work on the day these qualified nominees are confirmed. I hope my colleagues among the Senate minority will join us in enabling a quick vote for Mr. Chatterjee and Mr. Powelson.”Murkowski is chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.