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Republican Senators Say Delay in EPA Nomination Battle Worth Risk

July 11, 2018, 12:30 PM

Republican senators may be content to keep Andrew Wheeler as temporary EPA chief, avoiding a bruising confirmation battle.

But could such a delay backfire if Democrats win the Senate this fall?

“That’s a good question, and I don’t know if we have an answer for that,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who holds the No. 3 position in Senate Republican leadership, told Bloomberg Environment July 9. “I guess we all hope that we are in the majority after the election, and it doesn’t become an issue.”

One obvious option would be for President Donald Trump to name Wheeler, ...