Senate Republicans are in no mood to allow easy confirmation of any replacement for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, who announced Thursday that she’ll leave the agency’s top job early in 2013.
Several said they want evidence a new administrator would change the direction of EPA, an agency that critics accuse of imposing overly aggressive rules that burden coal companies, manufacturers and other businesses.
“There needs to be someone with a balanced approach, someone who understands that regulations needs to balanced so they don’t cost people jobs,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday.
President Obama, who needs his political capital for fiscal battles and looming fights over gun control and immigration, didn’t immediately launch the EPA confirmation effort.
The White House said EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe will take the top job on an “acting” basis, and provided no timeline for announcing a nominee to formally replace Jackson.
Read more at The Hill. By Ben German.
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