U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider two of President Trump’s nominees for the Department of Energy (DOE). The nominees were Melissa Burnison to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and Anne White to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management.
During her opening statement, Murkowski thanked both nominees for their willingness to serve our country.
“Ms. White has been nominated for a position of great importance to many members of this committee, and our nation as a whole. This role requires a high amount of training and expertise to ensure the cleanup of legacy waste from our nuclear weapons research and development program is done safely, taxpayer dollars are being used prudently, and some of the office’s long-standing deficiencies are corrected,” Murkowski said.
“While ordinarily we would not hold a hearing for Ms. Burnison’s nomination, this has been a very difficult Congress to confirm even the most well-qualified nominees, and this extra step is unrelated to her or her qualifications,” Murkowski continued. “I am confident that both of our nominees are well suited for these roles, and it is certainly my hope to move their nominations quickly through committee.”
Murkowski is chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. An archived video and witness testimony from today’s hearing are available on the committee’s website. Click here to view Murkowski’s questions for the nominees.