Update: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., has lifted his objection to allowing a vote on Lisa Jackson’s nomination for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator by unanimous consent, Greg Keeley, Barrasso’s spokesman said. This means the vote could come asÂ soon as this evening.
Barrasso’s change of heart came after he spoke with Carol Browner, Obama’s energy and environment czar. The pair will meet next week to discuss Barrasso’s concerns aboutÂ her new role and how it may affect the Â independence of EPA.
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Thatâ€™s because Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., has requested more time to reviewÂ her nomination, CQ reported today (subscription may be required). Barrasso is not concerned so much aboutÂ Jacksonâ€™s qualifications for the post, as he is about whether the new White House environmental czar, Carol Browner, would diminish or usurp Jacksonâ€™s authorities, according to CQ.
At last weekâ€™s hearing Barrasso expressed concern that Browner and Jackson would clash over how to implement environmental regulations.
â€œWho will ultimately make final EPA decisions?â€ Barasso asked. â€œIf the two of you disagree on an environmental issue how does that work?â€
Jackson replied that regardless of Brownerâ€™s White House role, EPA decisions will still fall to the administrator, and she will uphold and enforce the law if confirmed, Jackson said. She also downplayed the possibility of a turf war.
â€œIâ€™m sure advisers can agree or disagree on any number of issues and her advice and counsel is something I will certainly seek,â€ Jackson said.