Sen. Tom Carper recently announced he would object to any unanimous consent agreement that would allow the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to serve as director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to be held over into the second session of the 115th Congress.
At the close of the first session, or first year, of a congress, Senate rules require unconfirmed nominations pending before the Senate be sent back to the White House. The president may re-nominate any of these individuals once the next Senate session begins. Traditionally, the Senate agrees to a unanimous consent request that allows any number of pending nominees to be held over into the next session so consideration may continue without re-nomination. Carper’s objection would send White’s nomination, which was opposed by every minority member of the EPW Committee, back to President Donald Trump and give the White House an opportunity to nominate another, better-qualified candidate for the position.
“Throughout her nomination process, Kathleen Hartnett White has confirmed what her record clearly shows: her views are extreme, her words are staggeringly inappropriate and her disrespect for science and our nation’s chief environmental laws is a danger to public health,” said Carper.
“When given the chance to clarify her confounding performance at her confirmation hearing through numerous questions for the record submitted by every minority member of the EPW Committee, Ms. White chose instead to copy and paste the work of other nominees and, in other instances, to double down on some of her most concerning stances. The Senate’s rejection of Dr. Dourson should serve as a lesson — unqualified or controversial nominees will not simply be rubber-stamped by the Senate. Let’s start the new year off with a clean slate and allow President Trump the opportunity to nominate a leader for the Council on Environmental Quality who takes environmental laws and public health protections seriously,” said Carper.