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Fox: Cruz tries to strip salary from Biden appointee

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a press conference on border security at the U.S. Capitol Building on September 27, 2023 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans held the news conference to speak about the southern border and the need for more money for its security to be included in upcoming government funding legislation. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“Unaccountable bureaucrats.”

That would be the description supplied by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummisof a Biden appointee, who, in the finest style of authoritarian environmentalists, is pushing to convert Americans to electric vehicles.

Fox headlines the story this way over a rent photo of Cruz from an appearance on Hannity: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republicans-aim-strip-salary-biden-climate-official-kept-job-failed-senate-confirmation

Republicans aim to strip salary from Biden climate official who kept job after failed Senate confirmation

Biden’s electric vehicle push has been ‘put into practice by unaccountable bureaucrats like Ann Carlson,’ Cruz said

Writes Fox:

EXCLUSIVE: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., are introducing a bill Friday that would strip the federal salary from a Biden administration official overseeing aggressive fuel efficiency regulations.

Cruz and Lummis’ bill — which will be introduced as an amendment to a so-called “minibus” appropriations package funding the Departments of Transportation, Housing, and Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2024 — would effectively defund Ann Carlson, who is serving as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

(NHTSA), a Transportation Department subagency. 

Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee led by Cruz, who is the panel’s ranking member, have argued the White House is skirting constitutional requirements by allowing Carlson to lead NHTSA in an “acting” capacity. Earlier this year, after substantial industry and congressional opposition, Carlson failed to clear Senate confirmation to permanently lead NHTSA. 

Because the White House withdrew her nomination before she received a floor vote, she is technically allowed to lead the agency as acting administrator since she wasn’t directly rejected, a loophole the bill Friday aims to close.”

In other words, a Biden nominee rejected by the Senate for the job as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gets to stay on the job because of a loophole. And she is using this loophole to push electric vehicles, a push that was specifically rejected by a Senate rejecting her permanent appointment.

Make sense? Of course not.

Only in Washington, folks. Only in Washington.