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Western Caucus huddles with Wheeler

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Apr 11, 2024
Andrew Wheeler

Wheeler in 2022. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congressional Western Caucus members met Thursday with former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Why it matters: Wheeler recently moved to Holland & Hart to do government affairs work, and he could be a big voice in shaping Republican energy policy in a second Trump administration.

Inside the room: Western Caucus Chair Dan Newhouse told Axios they primarily discussed EPA's auto emissions standards.

  • "He understands the issues really well and has the same policy priorities most of us do in the Western Caucus," Newhouse said. "In another Republican administration he could play a key role."

Our thought bubble: Newhouse himself is a low-key but important GOP voice on these issues on the Hill because the Western Caucus (with 101 members) is such a large cross-section of the party.

  • He notably voted to impeach President Trump in 2021 (which could incur some wrath) but recently said he'd support the former president in 2024.
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