2017 Scorecard Vote
The Senate considered President Trump's nomination of William Wehrum to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). This important office at the EPA plays a key role in protecting people from air pollution and radiation exposure, making this position critical to maintaining and enforcing public health safeguards. But Wehrum’s long history of representing many of the industries—utilities, energy companies, and other major polluters—that are attempting to roll back safeguards issued under the Clean Air Act, make him unfit to serve in this position. Additionally, during his previous tenure at the OAR from 2001 to 2007, Wehrum led efforts to weaken safeguards to reduce mercury emissions from coal fired power plants and other safeguards intended to reduce lead, fine particulate pollution, and ozone smog pollution. On November 9, the Senate confirmed Wehrum to be assistant administrator of OAR by a vote of 49-47 (Senate roll call vote 268). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.