ON TAP THURSDAY: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will vote on the nomination of Ernest Moniz, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist that President Obama has tapped to run the Energy Department.

Moniz is expected to easily clear the panel with bipartisan support.

Some evidence: A pair of conservative Republicans on the committee, Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), said Wednesday afternoon that they plan to vote for Moniz.

Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is hopeful that the full Senate will approve Moniz as soon as next week.

Moniz has, thus far, faced the least GOP resistance of Obama’s nominees to major energy and environmental roles.