WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member, issued the following statement after helping advance the nomination of Michael Regan to be Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator out of committee and onto the Senate floor:
“The Biden Administration’s actions on energy and the environment have been awful for North Dakota and wrong for the country. While it remains to be seen if any of the efforts so far will actually lower emissions, they are certain to eliminate good-paying jobs and bring severe economic hardship to states like ours. I appreciate Mr. Regan’s expressed desire to work with stakeholders and states when developing EPA policy, but given the approach of the current members of the President’s climate team up to this point, I am unconvinced such an effort could be successful in the Biden Administration. I voted to advance Mr. Regan’s nomination today in order to allow the full Senate to have a say on his nomination, and I will reserve my decision on whether to vote to confirm him until that vote is set. I hope to receive reassurances that collaboration is possible before then.”
Senator Cramer questioned Mr. Regan at his confirmation hearing, pressing him on the Biden Administration’s autonomous action on the Keystone XL Pipeline and highlighting the importance of cooperative federalism and rule of law when crafting environmental regulations. Watch it here.