Biden’s chief regulator wins support from two GOP senators (1)

A key Senate committee endorsed the president Joe Biden‘s choice for White House regulatory chief, after two senior Republicans crossed party lines to advance his nomination.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9-2 on Wednesday to send the nomination of law professor Ricky Revesz to the full Senate. Member of the ranking Rob Portman (R-Ohio)who is retiring, and James Lankford (Oklahoma) sided with the Democrats on the committee.

Revesz belongs to Biden take to lead the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a team that wields enormous power over how the federal government executes the president’s agenda. The office, known as OIRA, fine-tunes the regulations drafted by the agencies and ensures that each proposal is consistent with the president’s policy positions.

Portman led the White House Office of Management and Budget, which includes OIRA, during the presidency George W. Bushadministration.

Revesz will need at least 50 votes in the Senate to secure confirmation. Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) already has a to-do list for the remainder of 2022, and at this time, it does not include a vote to confirm Revesz.

Revesz’s work will be particularly crucial for Biden in the coming months as federal agencies draft regulations implementing the new Tax, Health and Climate Act (Public law 117-169). Biden has previously tasked longtime Democratic operative John Podesta with overseeing how the agencies enforce the law’s climate change provisions.

Few senators attended Revesz’s confirmation hearing in September, a departure from the committee’s often hostile hearings.

Biden believes Revesz can “win bipartisan support,” White House spokeswoman Olivia Dalton said after the hearing, adding that the president’s team “will continue to work with Congress to ensure that it is taken into account and confirmed as soon as possible”.

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