WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member, issued the following statement today on Michael Regan’s nomination to be U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator:
“The EPA succeeds when it follows a cooperative federalism approach and works closely with those most impacted by the agency’s decisions. The Obama Administration’s failure to do this led to overreaching and unworkable environmental policies, and while the Trump Administration rightfully reversed course, President Biden has seemed uninterested in doing so as well.
“In that respect, Mr. Regan has taken a different approach. He has staked his reputation on being a consensus builder and committed to visiting North Dakota, a world leader in energy and agriculture that’s been on the frontlines of crafting sound environmental policies and combatting harmful ones. His visit and ongoing engagement with our stakeholders will ensure they have a seat at the table as decisions are made at the EPA.
“I am under no illusion our policy preferences are aligned, but I take him at his word that cooperation will be the cornerstone of his time as Administrator. I will vote to confirm him and expect to see his rhetoric turn into real results.”
Senator Cramer met privately with Mr. Regan twice to discuss his nomination and questioned him at his confirmation hearing about the Biden Administration’s actions on the Keystone XL Pipeline. He also highlighted the importance of cooperative federalism and the rule of law when crafting environmental regulations. The senator supported advancing Mr. Regan’s nomination out of committee but did not announce how he would vote on the floor until today’s statement.