Senate will not consider Buerkle, Auburn native, for consumer safety chair

Ann Marie Buerkle, an Auburn native and former congresswoman, may not serve as chair of an independent federal agency after all.

The U.S. Senate returned Buerkle's nomination to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission to President Donald Trump last week, according to congressional records. Because the Senate sent the nomination back to the president, Trump must renominate Buerkle or select someone else for the post.

Buerkle's nomination to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission was criticized by consumer groups and some Democratic senators. At her confirmation hearing in September, she faced tough questions from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, about her position on regulations, including why she favored a voluntary standard instead of a mandate for manufacturers of portable generators.

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