Edwards Will Block Bush’s Choice to Head EPA

North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (D), a presidential contender, is now the third senator threatening to hold up the nomination of President Bush’s choice to head the U.S. EPA, Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (R). “The nomination will not go forward until this administration commits to giving us the truth about how Clean Air Act rollbacks are going to affect our kids with asthma and seniors with health problems,” Edwards said yesterday. A similar parliamentary block was announced last week by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and supported by Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), himself a presidential hopeful. Leavitt’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment Committee is scheduled for this Thursday.