Mr. President, I rise to support the nomination of Governor Mike Leavitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. I have worked with him in the past on education issues and found him to be insightful and, most importantly, cooperative. That is what I am seeking from this Administration - cooperation. My support for Governor Leavitt brings with it the renewed call for cooperation from this Administration on outstanding information requests that I have on important environmental issues impacting the health of our citizens and our environment. I will continue to pursue these requests with Governor Leavitt when he becomes Administrator of the EPA. This vote should not be seen as an endorsement of this Bush administration's environmental policy, but a vote in support of a fine and honorable man who has an extremely difficult job ahead. I look forward to working with him to improve the environmental protection that our nation deserves.