Trump nominates Auburn-native Ann Marie Buerkle, again, to consumer safety post

President Donald Trump didn't wait long to send his nomination of Ann Marie Buerkle back to the Senate as his pick to chair the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Trump on Monday afternoon included Buerkle on a list of more than 70 nominees he sent to the Senate, two weeks after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to carry the nominations over into the new year.

Buerkle, 66, a conservative Republican who represented Central New York in Congress for one term, had seen her nomination held up since July 2017 amid concerns raised by consumer advocates and Democrats over her ties to the industries the CPSC is supposed to regulate.

Buerkle took over in February 2017 as acting chair of the independent federal agency, which protects the public from risks of injury or death from consumer products.

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