Andrew Wheeler

Then-Environment Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler answers questions during a 2018 press conference.

Democrats on a Virginia Senate committee voted Tuesday to strip former Trump EPA chief Andrew Wheeler from a list of approved hires for Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s cabinet, following through on promises to oppose a onetime coal lobbyist tapped to become Virginia’s top environmental official.

In a 9-6 vote, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee removed Wheeler’s name from a resolution confirming Youngkin’s appointments before voting to send it on to the Senate floor. But that vote won’t be the final step in the rare confirmation battle.

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