Claims Andrew Wheeler’s policies ‘not in the best interest of our environment and public health’
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, opposed the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Maine’s Susan Collins on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA as the Senate cleared a procedural hurdle on the nomination.
The Senate voted 52-46 to end debate on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, the acting EPA administrator, setting up his final confirmation vote for Thursday. Sens. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., did not vote, and Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., an ardent supporter of the coal industry, voted against ending debate on Wheeler’s nomination.