UPDATED 8:47 AM PT — Thursday, January 17, 2019
Leftist protesters recently interrupted the confirmation hearing for President Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Andrew Wheeler appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday to state his case for permanently filling the administrator seat vacated by Scott Pruitt last July.
During the hearing, Wheeler faced environmentalist backlash not only from the protesters in the crowd, but also from Democrats like Bernie Sanders, who looked to paint him as a climate change denier. However, Wheeler defended his stance on rolling-back Obama-era regulations by saying reforms are necessary to help businesses and the economy grow.
Wheeler said he’s committed to protecting the environment, citing his work to clean up toxic sites that previous administrations left untouched.
“I am honored and grateful that President Trump has nominated me for the position of administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” he stated. “There is no more important responsibility than protecting human heath and the environment — it is a responsibility I take very seriously.”
With the Republican majority in the Senate, Wheeler’s appointment is expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.