Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Senate committee endorses controversial EPA air nominee in party-line vote; the role of Britney Spears

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 10-8 on a straight party line vote today to send the William Wehrum nomination to the full senate.

A filibuster is likely on Wehrum, nominated to run EPA's air pollution division.

The key vote in favor of Wehrum was cast by Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI).

Chafee has been endorsed by environmentalist political action committee, and so environmentalists were disappointed by his vote.

Chafee used some Britney Spears logic to explain his vote, telling environmentalist lobbyists yesterday that "it's my prerogative."

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