The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday approved three of President Trump's nominees to lead the nation's nuclear power watchdog and serve as the Environmental Protection Agency enforcement chief.
The committee quickly voted to move Nuclear Regulatory Commission members Annie Caputo, who was approved 15-6, and David Wright, who was approved 12-9, to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote later this month.
Susan Parker Bodine, approved 12-9 along party lines, was also confirmed by the committee to be EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
The three latest Trump nominees add to a growing complement of energy and environment appointees that need to approved by the full Senate.
Two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, are waiting to be voted on by the Senate, in addition to Dan Brouillette to serve as Energy Department deputy secretary.
Trump last month nominated another FERC commissioner, Richard Glick. The key five-member regulatory commission is down to just one member and has shuttered all major regulatory activities because of a lack of quorum. Glick will need to be taken up by the energy committee before going to the Senate floor for a vote.
Just last night, Trump sent three new energy nominations to the Senate, including Mark Wesley Menezes to be under secretary of energy, Susan Combis to be assistant secretary of interior, and Paul Dabbar to serve as under secretary of energy for science.