President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dropped out after opposition from Republicans and a key Democrat concerned he would support renewable energy at the expense of coal all but doomed his nomination.
Senator Tim Scott will vote against President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, virtually erasing the possibility of a Senate panel approving the nomination.
Opposition to President Barack Obama’s choice to head the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grew as Republicans led by Senator Mitch McConnell said they’ll vote against Ron Binz’s confirmation.
A vote this month in South Carolina could position Tim Scott to become the first black Republican in Congress in eight years. Standing in his way: a son of the late Strom Thurmond , the U.S. senator from the state who was once one of America’s foremost segregationists.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is single-handedly diversifying the Republican Party. Haley, an Indian-American, just appointed Representative Tim Scott to replace the state's departing senator, Jim DeMint. Scott will be the only black in the Senate. And South Carolina will have an Indian woman in the governor's office and a black senator. That's remarkable.