Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON - Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, attended the hearing, "Nomination of Ken Kopocis to be Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water for the Environmental Protection Agency and Rebecca Wodder to be Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the Department of the Interior." A copy of Sen. Carper's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follows:

"I warmly welcome Ken Kopocis and Rebecca Wodder to our Committee. These nominees have been nominated for two important positions. It is my sincere hope that we can move swiftly to confirm them so that they can begin the work for which they have been nominated.

"Mr. Kopocis, you are a familiar face to this Committee. I believe that you would offer to the position of Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency vast experience in water issues and a history of getting things done here in Washington. I support your nomination and look forward to working with you in your new position, which I hope you will begin soon.

"Ms. Wodder, you also have been nominated for an important position, which oversees two divisions within the Department of Interior – the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Throughout my career as a member of Congress and as Delaware's Governor, I have supported efforts to protect endangered species, such as horseshoe crabs, and to protect their habitats. I am confident that Ms. Wodder will work to protect the spirit and the letter of the Endangered Species Act.

"And, the second of the two divisions that Ms. Wodder would oversee in her new position is one that is deeply important to me and to many folks in the First State – the National Park Service. As many of you may know, Delaware is the only state without a National Park. Ms. Wodder, with your help, and the help of my colleagues in Congress, I hope to change that.

"A few years ago, the National Park Service finished a Special Resource Study that recommended a National Park in Delaware. I have introduced legislation again this Congress to create a National Park in Delaware. I really look forward to working with you to make a National Park a reality in the state of Delaware.

"Thank you both."

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