Barrasso Statement on Nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

June 12, 2024
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WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), spoke in the Senate regarding the nominations of Ms. Lindsay See, Mr. David Rosner, and Ms. Judy Chang to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “the Commission”).

Senator Barrasso previously spoke about the three nominees at an ENR business meeting last week.

Ms. Lindsay See is nominated be a Member of the FERC for a term expiring June 30, 2028.

Mr. David Rosner is nominated to be a Member of the FERC for a term expiring June 30, 2027.

Ms. Judy W. Chang is nominated to be a Member of the FERC for a term expiring June 30, 2029.

Senator Barrasso’s Remarks:

“Mr. President, I rise today in support of the three individuals all nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: David Rosner, Lindsay See, and Judy Chang.

“The Commission or the FERC is often called ‘the most important agency that people have never heard of.’

“FERC regulates the interstate transmission of electricity and the interstate transportation of oil and natural gas.

“It assures that rates for electric power in the wholesale market are ‘just and reasonable.’

“It oversees electric reliability.

“And it licenses interstate natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and hydropower projects.

“By one estimate the Commission regulates activities that account for 7 percent of our nation’s economy.

“And for that reason, we must fulfill our responsibility to maintain a quorum on the Commission.

“In 2015 and 2016, President Obama refused to fill the vacancies left by two Republican Commissioners.

“Then in January 2017, the outgoing Chairman of FERC resigned as well.

“That departure left the Commission without a quorum.

“It then took seven full months to restore the quorum at the FERC.

“During that time, too many projects that help keep the lights on, help heat our homes, and aid our allies abroad, were reluctantly put on hold.

“We can’t let that happen again, Mr. President.

“Too much is at stake for American workers, for our energy security, and for our nation’s economy.

“That is why I am glad the Senate is acting on these three nominations this very week.

“And while I may not agree with each of the nominees on all the items all the time, all of them are well qualified.

“I am especially supportive of Ms. Lindsay See.

“From a young age, she has distinguished herself as a person of exemplary discipline, drive, and determination.

“She graduated summa cum laude from Patrick Henry College.

“She then graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

“After law school, she clerked for Judge Thomas Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Court.

“Ms. See is an outstanding appellate lawyer.

“She has spent the last seven years as Solicitor General of West Virginia.

“During that time, she has overseen civil and criminal appeals in both state and federal courts.

“Ms. See has fought tirelessly for affordable and reliable energy for American families.

“She has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“In one of those cases, she not only advocated on behalf of West Virginia – she also advocated on behalf of other states, including my home state of Wyoming.

“And she won.

“Ms. See has a long track record of giving a voice to people who are impacted by federal actions.

“In fact, my concern for farmers and other landowners is a principal reason why I do support Ms. See.

“During the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s hearing on the nominations, Ms. See was asked if she would ‘exercise extreme care’ when considering applications for electric transmission lines.

“Of course, she said ‘yes.’

“She went on to explain that she would faithfully adhere to and apply the law.

“When she received written questions, she again committed to follow the law.

“Ms. See wrote –

            ‘My time as West Virginia’s Solicitor General

            has given me a profound respect for the ways

            federal policies affect people across the country.’

“She added that –

           ‘I’ve seen how federal rules and permitting actions

            can threaten people’s livelihoods and local economies.’

“Ms. See went on to say –

           ‘sensitivity to how federal actions affect states and local communities

          is essential when making policy decisions.’

“And she said –

           ‘I would consider a proposal’s consequences for local landowners…

           important to the public interest analysis.’ 

“If confirmed, Ms. See will bring an impressive experience working with complex statutes to the Commission.

“She will also help the Commission understand how its decisions impact farmers and other landowners.

“I firmly believe that if we fail to confirm Ms. See, farmers and landowners will be worse off.

“And for that reason, Mr. President, I encourage all Senators to vote in favor of Ms. See.

“Thank you, Mr. President.”