Trump Picks Veteran Capitol Hill Lawyer to Head White House’s Environmental Council

The Daily Signal | 6/14/2018 | Staff
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President Donald Trump intends to nominate former Capitol Hill staff lawyer Mary Neumayr to head a White House council that coordinates energy and environmental policy across the administration.

Neumayr, whose name Trump announced Tuesday night to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, has the backing of conservative leaders and key Senate Republicans. Supporters see her as a key player in implementing sweeping reforms to environmental laws holding back economic growth.

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“Mary is a strong conservative with all the expertise and experience necessary to implement President Trump’s ambitious agenda to reform National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting,” Myron Ebell, a former Trump transition team leader, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“I congratulate her on her nomination, and look forward to her confirmation,” Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said in a statement to E&E News, which first reported Neumayr’s nomination Tuesday.

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Neumayr has served as chief of staff on the Council on Environmental Quality since March 2017. She previously was senior counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce from 2011 to 2017. Before that, Neumayr was a lawyer at the Energy Department and Justice Department.

Neumayr’s nomination comes about four months after the White House withdrew its nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to head the Council on Environmental Quality.

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