Democrats urge Trump to reject EPA nomination
Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are urging President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of Steven Chu as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Chu, a former Democratic senator from New York who is now a senior adviser to the Trump administration, is widely viewed as the front-runner to become Trump’s EPA administrator.
Chu is a former director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a professor at the University of New York.
The Committee on Energy and Communications, the panel’s top Republican, asked Chu on Monday to testify before the committee before the House Ethics Committee.
Democrats have also asked Chu to testify as part of their investigations into the EPA’s response to Hurricane Sandy and its response to wildfires.
The committee is also investigating the agency’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration has called Chu a “qualified and qualified” nominee for the position.
Chu’s nomination has been subject to confirmation votes and the committee is currently holding hearings into his nomination.