President Barack Obama’s nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Energy Department easily advanced through a Senate committee on Thursday, but Republicans lined up in another panel against his two picks to join the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the nomination of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall for deputy secretary to the Senate floor by voice vote, with no stated opposition, setting her up for a confirmation vote as soon as next week. She would replace Dan Poneman, who is stepping down.
Most Republicans, however, voted against NRC nominees Jeffery M. Baran and Stephen G. Burns, in a vote held by the Environment and Public Works Committee off the Senate floor.