The Senate voted 55-43 Wednesday to confirm Radhika Fox as head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Carper Thomas (Tom) Richard Carper This week: Democrats face fractures in spending fight Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (D-Del.), in remarks on the Senate floor, praised Fox's record and highlighted the organizations endorsing her for the position. These include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Family Farm Alliance and the U.S. Water Alliance, where she previously served as CEO.
"What those organizations have said — again and again — about Radhika Fox is that she is an exceptional leader who will work day and night to come up with practical solutions to our country's serious water challenges," Carper said Wednesday. "Moreover, Ms. Fox will make sure everyone's point of view is heard and taken into account when EPA acts to protect our country's precious water resources."
In her own remarks on the floor, committee ranking member Shelley Moore Capito Shelley Wellons Moore Capito GAO rules Biden freeze on border wall funds legal How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress GOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning MORE (R-W.Va.) announced her opposition to Fox's nomination, citing in part her answers to the committee in May regarding the Trump-era version of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
"At that markup in May, I noted that I could not support Ms. Fox at that time because she would not commit to maintaining the Navigable Waters Protection Rule issued in 2020. As I noted at that time, she also would not state that the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule was overreaching," Capito said on the floor. "So I really couldn't pin her down on any opinion on this very important rule. I now know why she would not commit to maintaining the Navigable Waters Protection Rule when she testified before the committee and avoided providing direct responses in her written responses to my follow-up questions. The administration did not support the rule, and apparently the EPA opposed it completely."
Seven Republicans crossed the aisle and joined every Democrat present to vote in favor of Fox's nomination: Sens. Susan Collins Susan Margaret Collins Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban ‘forever chemicals’ in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in cosmetics as study finds them prevalent Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover MORE (Maine), Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin Graham Progressives rave over Harrison’s start at DNC Senate confirms Garland’s successor to appeals court Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema MORE (S.C.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Roger Wicker Roger Frederick Wicker Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US Senate bill would add visas, remove hurdles to program for Afghans who helped US Bipartisan bill proposes to add billion in restaurant relief funds MORE (Miss.), Richard Burr Richard Mauze Burr Past criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe MORE (N.C.), Kevin Cramer Kevin John Cramer GOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Trump dismisses climate change, calls on Biden to fire joint chiefs Putin says Nord Stream 2 pipeline nearing completion MORE (N.D.) and Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann Murkowski Hundreds in West Virginia protest Manchin’s opposition to voting rights legislation How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress Senate confirms Garland’s successor to appeals court MORE (Alaska).
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