Markey, Van Hollen, Leahy

Executive Session (Wheeler Nomination)

Senator Markey: (1:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "Mr. President, Scott Pruitt is the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is charged with running the agency and ensuring its mission. There are serious questions about Mr. Pruitt's leadership, but we'll get to that later. Today the Senate is preparing to vote on the nominee to be the second-highest ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler. And as the number two at the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler deserves the kind of scrutiny that reflects a position one step away from being the administrator. Andrew Wheeler has spent years protecting the coal industry."


Senator Van Hollen: (2:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "In Scott Pruitt who doesn't recognize the vital and unique role the E.P.A. plays in protecting the Chesapeake Bay. And we know that because if you look at the budget that Scott Pruitt and President Trump submitted to the Congress, they zeroed out fun zeroed out funding, a big goose egg for the federal E.P.A. Chesapeake Bay Program. That's would they did in year one. Then when Senator Cardin and I and others said this is a real important effort. It's had bipartisan support in the congress. It has bipartisan support among the governors of all the Chesapeake bay state."


Senator Leahy: (2:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on gun control.
    • "A democratically controlled legislature, a Republican governor, and a rural state with a strong gun-owning tradition and very few gun laws, worked together to debate and forge and enact meaningful commonsense gun laws. Yesterday Governor Scott, a Republican, signed into law three bills that expand background checks, raise the age to purchase guns to 21, create extreme risk protection orders, and ban bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. Vermont did that. Other states were also acting. It makes me wonder why congress can't do its job and follow the example. In Vermont, this was a debate about what the people of the state could do to keep their communities, schools, and citizens safe."