Biden’s chief regulator wins support from two GOP senators (1)
A key Senate committee endorsed the president
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
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
Revesz will need at least 50 votes in the Senate to secure confirmation. Majority Leader
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 (
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”.