WASHINGTON (April 5, 2017)—The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy Secretary of Transportation. The full Senate should reject Rosen’s nomination because his record shows he has put politics over science and protecting public health and safety, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Below is a statement by Michelle Robinson, director of the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
“Jeffrey Rosen is the wrong choice for deputy secretary—a critical position overseeing day-to-day operations at the Department of Transportation. Over his career, he has attacked the very laws he would be required to implement at DOT and undermined the public interest. As a lawyer, Mr. Rosen represented numerous companies and trade groups that would seek to influence his decisions as deputy secretary. He represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a lawsuit challenging rules to limit air pollution and climate change. He has consistently filed suits and supported policies that would allow politics to overrule science and make it more difficult for federal agencies to protect Americans’ health and safety. The Senate’s job is to ensure only people committed to protecting Americans’ interests are tasked with leading federal agencies. That means voting no on Mr. Rosen.”