Whitehouse, Barrasso, Inhofe

Executive Session (Wheeler Nomination)

Senator Whitehouse: (11:53 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "This is a selection that continues the Trump Administration's essentially complete subservience to the fossil fuel industry in the entire environmental arena. I have described Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, and Ryan Zinke over at interior as the three stooges of the fossil fuel industry and I reiterate that today. Scott Pruitt in addition to being one of those stooges also has some of the most extraordinary displays of self-serving political acts, unethical and self-serving political acts of anybody I've ever seen. I can only imagine - only imagine what the floor would look like if an Obama appointee had engaged in those kind of behaviors. We would have had Republicans in all those seats shouting, jumping up and down infuriated by that misconduct."

 

Senator Barrasso: (12:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "Andrew Wheeler I am supporting to serve as the deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. During a previous administration, the Environmental Protection Agency issued burdensome regulations that harm American workers and American communities. Since President Trump took office 15 months ago, the E.P.A. has rolled back many of these punishing regulations, including the so-called clean power plan and the waters of the United States or the WOTUS rule. Under President Trump and E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt, this agency is now working for commonsense environmental policies, policies that don't harm the American economy and don't punish American families."

 

Senator Inhofe: (12:10 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "You know, it's awfully hard to find anyone who knows him well who will say anything bad about him. I guess the only thing you could criticize him for is he worked for me for 14 years. I will tell you that during that time frame, I don't remember over a 14-year period anyone ever accusing him of being unfair and being negative in any way at all. But a couple of things were said that I think I need to correct the record. I need to be the one to correct it because I'm the guy he worked for for a long period of time, in both my personal office in the capacity as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee."