Latest John Barrasso News

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

Feb. 28, 2019 5:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory rollbacks he's made in eight months as the agency's acting chief. Senators voted 52-47 to confirm...

Amazon decision a win for Democrats' rising left wing

Feb. 15, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. Proposing "economic transformation" to combat climate change. Gleefully...

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Feb. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving...

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

Feb. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration's plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it's too...

McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

Feb. 12, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind....

Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

Feb. 7, 2019 6:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping plan Thursday to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy, signaling its likely elevation as a central campaign issue in 2020 despite President Donald Trump's failure to mention climate change in his...

Nomination of acting EPA head Wheeler moves to full Senate

Feb. 5, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler won a Senate committee's approval of his appointment to the permanent post on Tuesday, along with praise from the panel's Republicans for his work rolling back a series of Obama-era environmental...