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Biden’s Pick to Lead EPA Research Office Clears Senate Hurdle

May 25, 2022, 8:11 PM

Christopher Frey, the Biden administration’s pick to lead the EPA’s research and development office, moved a step closer to confirmation on Wednesday when the Senate voted to cut off debate on his nomination.

The 51-43 vote came after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) denounced Frey on the Senate floor as “someone who has researched the environmental impact of football tailgating and concluding it would be best for the environment if the authorities banned charcoal grills and gas generators.”

McConnell’s remark was an apparent reference to research Frey participated in at North Carolina State University ...