Sheldon Whitehouse

White House withdraws controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality

White House withdraws controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality

The White House has withdrawn its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White, whose selection a year ago had failed to gather momentum with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise.

The administration released a statement Sunday in which Hartnett White asked that her name be pulled from further consideration, effective immediately. President Donald Trump had re-nominated Hartnett White for the job in January after the Senate failed to vote on her nomination during the last congressional session, due in part to fierce opposition from Democrats.

"I want to thank President Trump for his confidence in me...

34°