Senate committee advances coal lobbyist to serve at EPA - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Senate committee advances coal lobbyist to serve at EPA

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican senators used their majority to advance President Donald Trump's nomination of a former coal-industry lobbyist to serve as the second-highest ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Environment and Public Works Committee voted along party lines 11-10 on Wednesday to send the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to the full Senate for a vote.

Before his nomination as EPA's deputy administrator, Wheeler was a lobbyist whose clients included Murray Energy, one of the nation's largest coal mining companies.

Wheeler accompanied company CEO Bob Murray last year during meetings to lobby the Trump administration to roll back environmental regulations affecting coal mines. Asked about the meetings during a November hearing before the Senate committee, Wheeler said he couldn't remember details. The administration later carried out some of the recommended actions.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • North to send another senior delegation for Olympic closer

    North to send another senior delegation for Olympic closer

    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:33 AM EST2018-02-22 08:33:56 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:47 AM EST2018-02-22 08:47:16 GMT
    North Korea to send a high-level delegation led by senior party official suspected of leading two deadly attacks on the South in 2010 to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
    North Korea to send a high-level delegation led by senior party official suspected of leading two deadly attacks on the South in 2010 to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
  • Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea wraps up Olympics

    Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea wraps up Olympics

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:54 AM EST2018-02-22 06:54:05 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:46 AM EST2018-02-22 08:46:48 GMT
    Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea's 22 athletes wrap up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics without a medal _ or even a finish higher than 13th.
    Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea's 22 athletes wrap up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics without a medal _ or even a finish higher than 13th.
  • Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

    Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 4:33 AM EST2018-02-21 09:33:22 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:46 AM EST2018-02-22 08:46:11 GMT
    Syrian rescuers say 10 people have been killed by government airstrikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus.
    Syrian rescuers say 10 people have been killed by government airstrikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus.
  • Government shutdown endNational politicsMore>>

  • Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

    Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:27 AM EST2018-02-22 06:27:39 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:45 AM EST2018-02-22 08:45:11 GMT
    Quid pro Trump? Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to influence his administration.
    Quid pro Trump? Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to influence his administration.
  • For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

    For decades Graham offered counsel and comfort to presidents

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:27 AM EST2018-02-22 06:27:28 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:44 AM EST2018-02-22 08:44:59 GMT
    Billy Graham was a fixture of the presidency, offering counsel and comfort to the man in the White House.
    Billy Graham was a fixture of the presidency, offering counsel and comfort to the man in the White House.
  • Tearful student asks Trump, 'How do we not stop this?'

    Tearful student asks Trump, 'How do we not stop this?'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:24 AM EST2018-02-22 05:24:41 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:44 AM EST2018-02-22 08:44:52 GMT
    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.
    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.
Powered by Frankly