Will the third time be the charm for Ann Marie Buerkle? She’ll find out this year.
The White House announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump once again nominated Buerkle, an Auburn native and former central New York congresswoman, to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Buerkle, who has served on the commission since 2013 after she was nominated by then-President Barack Obama, was named acting chair of the panel after Trump became president in 2017. Later that year, Trump nominated Buerkle to chair the commission and serve as a seven-year term.
However, the U.S. Senate didn’t act on Buerkle’s nomination in 2017. The Senate usually will carry over nominations into the new year unless a senator objects. It’s unknown which senator objected and caused Buerkle’s nomination to be returned to the White House.
Trump renominated Buerkle in January 2018. But again, the Senate didn’t consider Buerkle’s nomination.