March 08, 2005

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW ENERGYSECRETARY

WASHINGTON,D.C.â??The United States Senate confirmed Dr. Samuel Bodman to be the next Secretary ofEnergy. Idaho Senators Larry Craig andMike Crapo supported Dr. Bodman. â??During his confirmation hearing, Dr.Bodman addressed a number of issues important toIdaho, especially theIdahoNational Laboratory. He demonstrated a deep conviction to thepromotion of nuclear energy and to strengthening the Lab. In addition, he understands the need for anenergy policy and will work with Congress to enact and implement an energybill,â??said Craig. â??I am proud to support his confirmation andlook forward to working with him.â?? â??I am confident in Secretary Bodmanâ??s ability to leadthe Department of Energy. National energy policy must be a top priority for ourcountry, and Secretary Bodman will be a strong advocate for the many facets ofenergy including energy research such as the nuclear research planned at theIdahoNationalLaboratory,â??Crapo said. For more information, please visit theDepartment of EnergyandSenator Craig's Energy ResourcesIssue Brief. NOTE: To link directly to this release, please use thefollowing link:http://craig.senate.gov/releases/pr013105a.htm. [30]