A Biden administration official is now the source of controversy as Sen. Ted Cruz has filed an amendment to defund her position.
Ann Carlson, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was appointed despite not clearing the Senate confirmation process.
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"President Biden’s illegal appointment of Ann Carlson, who was effectively rejected by the Senate due to concerns about her extreme agenda and radical record, will only yield more mandates, higher costs for families, and a less vibrant economy," Cruz told Fox News.
"Cruz also penned a letter to President Biden, noting that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act prohibits 'any person who has been nominated to fill any vacant office from performing that office’s duties in an acting capacity,'" it added.
Earlier this year, Ann Carlson, Biden’s pick to lead @NHTSAgov, failed to be confirmed in the Senate.
Yet she is STILL the acting director of the agency nearly 5 months later.
President Biden’s EV mandates and subsidies may have been inspired by radical politicians in deep blue…
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"Earlier this year, Ann Carlson, Biden’s pick to lead @NHTSAgov, failed to be confirmed in the Senate. Yet she is STILL the acting director of the agency nearly 5 months later," Cruz wrote on X.
"President Biden’s EV mandates and subsidies may have been inspired by radical politicians in deep blue states, but they’ve been put into practice by unaccountable bureaucrats like Ann Carlson," he continued.
Carlson's work has helped push forward electric vehicle efforts favoring the Biden administration despite the lack of success among consumers.
Multiple automakers have recently announced plans to scale back EV production, citing financial concerns that include low demand among American car buyers.
Carlson could soon see her position unfunded, forcing the Biden administration to find a new person to fill the role who can pass in the Senate.
If so, Carlson will be forced to take another role or leave the Biden administration after her longtime role as acting director.