Senate Energy Committee Approves Obama Energy Secretary Pick



WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's pick for Energy Department secretary won a near-unanimous endorsement from the Senate Energy Committee Thursday, paving the way for his expected confirmation by the full Senate.

The committee voted in favor of Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who sailed through a confirmation hearing earlier this month.

The only senator voting against the nomination was Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, who had pressed Mr. Moniz during that earlier hearing about the department's decision to re-evaluate a nuclear fuel processing program in South Carolina.



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