Senate confirms Trump’s pick for EPA international office

The Senate confirmed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) international affairs office.

Senators cleared William “Chad” McIntosh, a former Ford Motor Co. executive, minutes before noon Thursday, at which point the session of Congress ended. It was the upper chamber’s final confirmation during the 115th Congress.

Democrats had criticized the EPA when it hired McIntosh and Peter Wright, another agency nominee, in July, despite the fact that the Senate did not confirm them. Both came on board as advisers to the agency, and were prohibited from doing the jobs they were nominated for before confirmation.

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McIntosh will be in charge of the Office of International and Tribal Affairs, which coordinates the agency’s relationships with foreign countries and American Indian tribes. That office had been led on an interim basis by Jane Nishida, a career employee, since President Trump’s inauguration nearly two years ago.

The EPA decline to comment on McIntosh, saying the current partial government shutdown does not allow it to do so.

The confirmation came after the Senate approved dozens of Trump nominees Wednesday night.

That set of confirmations included Alexandra Dunn, Trump’s pick to lead the EPA’s chemical safety office and Mary Neumayr, the nominee to be chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality.

The three officials “are well qualified and uniquely experienced for the role they have been nominated,” Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid GOP senators discuss impeachment with Trump after House vote MORE (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which is responsible for all three positions.

“They will serve in key positions that help protect our environment and grow our economy.”