Scott Pruitt was confirmed Friday as the nation's 14th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite the fact that a trove of emails between Pruitt's office and fossil fuel interests have still not been made public. As Oklahoma attorney general he sued the agency many times in that pursuit and has vowed to curb the EPA's regulatory reach once in office.
The vote Friday came after Democrats held an all-night session on the Senate floor with a series of speeches opposing Pruitt's confirmation.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt confirmed by Senate to serve as EPA administrator.
The close 52-46 vote was almost along party lines aside from aisle-switching by Susan Collins (R-ME) to oppose and Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), both from coal-rich states, to support.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) joined most Republicans in supporting Pruitt, while Sen.
So, maybe somewhere in those documents that are just now being released, there's a Christmas card from a certain R. Tillerson to Pruitt that says, "Here's to another comfortable year in our pocket". "Pruitt knows that I believe it is important that the EPA is working with states like West Virginia not against us".
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Scott Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, shits on the environment. Only one Republican senator, Susan Collins of ME, has publicly said she would oppose the nomination, but some Democrats, such as Sen.
The confirmation was voted upon after a motion to extend debate was rejected 51-47. It's a request he's denied for more than two years until the judge said he must comply.
Pruitt, a self-described "leading advocate against the E.P.A.'s activist agenda", endured a particularly contentious confirmation process.
He was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma in 2010 and in this role, he supported religious freedom laws, fought against abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, and environmental regulations.
"This information ought to be evaluated before Republicans jam his nomination through to lead the EPA". President Trump campaigned on promises to loosen regulations on energy production and vowed to roll back the Clean Power Plan. "They want to have Pruitt out there over the recess so all their supporters can express themselves".
Tried as they did, Democrats weren't able to prevent one of the EPA's sworn enemies form running the department - but on the off chance there is something in Pruitt's emails that could lead to corruption charges - well hey, it wouldn't be the first time emails took down a politician.