Both Federal Times and BNA's Daily Environment Report are reporting that Susan Dudley's nomination as White House regulatory czarina is dead.
As we have been reporting for months, Dudley is a diehard opponent of effective federal health, environmental and safety standards.
Putting her in charge of all federal regulations would have been like making comedian Michael Richards the head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
Here is the BNA story:
Dudley OMB Nomination Dies in Senate
The nomination of Susan E. Dudley to become regulatory chief at the Office of Management and Budget is effectively dead in the current Congress, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Dec. 6, citing a lack of support for Dudley in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. "It appears there is no Democratic support on the committee for Susan Dudley," Collins, the committee chairman, told BNA, adding, "If that's the case, it's pointless for the committee to hold a vote." Without a committee vote, the nomination will not go to the Senate floor and will expire when the 109th Congress adjourns, likely by Dec. 8. Collins declined to say whether Republicans on the committee also objected to the nomination, but it appeared that Dudley had failed to win the support of a committee majority since her appearance before the panel at her confirmation hearing in November (234 DEN A-9, 12/6/06