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Nomination Hearing Sparks Debate on Trump’s Deregulatory Agenda

Dec. 4, 2019, 11:14 PM

A Senate hearing on President Donald Trump‘s nominee to head the nation’s top regulatory office turned into a referendum on the administration’s efforts to cut rules Democrats say protect public health and the environment.

Paul Ray, nominated to be Trump’s second administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, took flak for the administration during the Dec. 4 hearing because he’s served as acting regulatory chief for most of this year.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee split along party lines in questioning the rule rollbacks that have run through OIRA during Ray’s tenure,...

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