Youngkin appoints Trump EPA chief to new post after failed Cabinet bid

7/1/2022 9:25:00 PM

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has appointed former Trump Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler to lead the newly created Office of Regulatory Management after failed Cabinet bid.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin this week created a new office designed to slash state regulations and put it under the direction of Andrew Wheeler, the former Trump administration official rejected earlier this year for the Virginia governor’s Cabinet.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has appointed former Trump Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler to lead the newly created Office of Regulatory Management after failed Cabinet bid.

.“Youngkin just unilaterally worked around the General Assembly to appoint #AndrewWheeler — Trump’s EPA admin — to reduce regulatory oversight,” Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax)tweeted. “We’ve already seen the damage done by Trump’s cronies at the federal level, the last thing we want is the same for VA.”

The General Assembly seldom rejects a governor’s Cabinet pick, and the rest of Youngkin’s choices sailed through a divided Capitol. Butfrom environmentalists and the state’s elected Democrats, including members of Congress. The pick prompted 150 former EPA employees to write a letter of protest, contending that he had undermined the agency’s mission.

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virginia.gov . “Youngkin just unilaterally worked around the General Assembly to appoint #AndrewWheeler — Trump’s EPA admin — to reduce regulatory oversight,” Del. Not indicting would be far more dangerous, because the threat to democracy is not yet over. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax) tweeted . “We’ve already seen the damage done by Trump’s cronies at the federal level, the last thing we want is the same for VA. Forty-six percent say that now, up slightly from 41% in December.

” The General Assembly seldom rejects a governor’s Cabinet pick, and the rest of Youngkin’s choices sailed through a divided Capitol. They're not here to hurt me," she heard Trump say, urging the Secret Service to turn off metal detectors. But from environmentalists and the state’s elected Democrats, including members of Congress. The pick prompted 150 former EPA employees to write a letter of protest, contending that he had undermined the agency’s mission. Advertisement Youngkin and fellow Republicans contended that Wheeler was exceptionally qualified, with a law degree, MBA and government experience at the highest level." Hutchinson, like the many other Republican witnesses who testified, has no motive to lie. Wheeler himself impressed some Democrats at a Senate committee hearing in January, when he portrayed himself as a mild-mannered Eagle Scout who believes in climate change, science and the concept of environmental justice. A smaller but still sizeable share -- 42% -- say they watched or listened.

But Democrats who narrowly control the state Senate ultimately rejected him, saying his record under Trump was disqualifying. After that defeat, Youngkin made clear that he intended to keep Wheeler on as a senior adviser, but his role had been unclear until now. He wanted to join them, Hutchinson said. The new office will “streamline regulatory activities across the executive branch and manage cross-departmental functions such as regulations, permits, and grants,” according to the announcement. The executive order requires a review of all existing state regulations every four years and will subject proposals for new ones to “cost-benefit and other analyses … to ensure they are not overly burdensome on other public bodies or private citizens,” it said. Comment . According to Hutchinson, Trump's own chief of staff said Trump didn't want to do anything to restrain it—and even approved of the rioters' death threats against Vice President Pence. Seventy-five percent of Democrats and 42% of Republicans say they followed news about the hearings.