Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA chief


The Senate voted 52-47 last week to confirm Andrew Wheeler as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler was expected to be sworn in after holding the position of acting administrator since Scott Pruitt resigned from the post last July.

Following Pruitt’s resignation, President Donald Trump nominated Wheeler to permanently lead the agency. While he drew opposition from Senate Democrats, his nomination was never truly in danger of failing.

The Senate’s confirmation vote on Wheeler’s nomination closely followed party lines, with all voting Democrats opposing him and all but one Republican voting in his favor. In a tweet soon after the vote, Wheeler said he looked “forward to continuing the President’s agenda and the work of the Agency alongside all [his] EPA colleagues.”

Source: AMWA

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