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Senate Readies Vote on Trump’s Nominee for Regulatory Chief

Jan. 8, 2020, 1:39 AM

The Senate could vote as early as Jan. 9 on the nomination of Paul Ray to serve as President Donald Trump‘s next regulatory chief, despite objections from Democrats who want more information about the nominee’s record.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Jan. 7 filed a procedural motion to cut off the threat of a filibuster and proceed to a vote on the nomination, which is likely to be approved with Republican votes.

Ray was nominated on Oct. 1 to serve as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the agency within the White House Office of Management and Budget that reviews significant federal regulations and enforces the president’s regulatory policies.

Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee objected to the nomination because, they said, OMB’s general counsel had withheld documents and information about Ray’s role in several rulemakings during his time at OIRA.

Ray became acting administrator in March after the president’s first regulatory chief, Neomi Rao, was confirmed as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ray first joined OIRA in May 2018 as associate administrator under Rao.

Before joining OIRA, Ray served for one year as an adviser to former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, overseeing the department’s regulatory portfolio.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cheryl Bolen in Washington at cbolen@bgov.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Terence Hyland at thyland@bloomberglaw.com; Zachary Sherwood at zsherwood@bgov.com