Senate Committee Confirms EPA Administrator Without Democratic Support

03 February, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Democrats boycotted a hearing to vote on Pruitt's nomination yesterday. John Barrasso (R-WY), the chair of the committee, was able to proceed without Democrats.

"The minority has put us in these uncharted waters", Barrasso said at Thursday's meeting, adding that he had met with Carper on Thursday, and multiple times on Tuesday, in order to discuss an eventual vote, to no avail. No Republican has come out against his nomination, though the vast majority of Democrats are likely to oppose him.

Senate Democrats did not like Pruitt's performance at his January 18 confirmation hearing, and they also said the Oklahoma attorney general did not adequately answer a long list of questions about his past and how he'd run the very federal environmental agency he's sued and worked to undermine.

Pruitt, who is a climate skeptic with ongoing litigation after suing the EPA, now moves onto full Senate confirmation.

"The EPA needs an Administrator who will follow the best science to keep Americans safe". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced Wednesday they will not vote for DeVos, citing concerns about her lack of experience in public schools.

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Republicans, Barrasso said, had never tried to stop "President Obama from setting up his government".

"'Go FOIA yourself' is not a sufficient response from @realDonaldTrump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt to @EPWDems & @SenateDems", Markey said in a tweet sent as Republicans were voting. House votes to undo two Obama rules The growing case against Scott Pruitt's nomination to lead EPA MORE (D-Del.) said in a statement. "From the outset of this confirmation process, Scott Pruitt has consistently misrepresented his environmental record and denied us the information we require to perform our duty to advise and consent", charged Delaware Sen. President Trump called the harsh regulations a "war on coal", and Pruitt said that the plan would shut down numerous coal-fired power plants in Oklahoma and raise the price of electricity for consumers. "Who knows how many other communications there are between his web of political committees, dark money groups, and fossil fuel companies".

Despite the rhetoric from the committee's Republicans, the Democrats appeared to have borrowed directly from their opponent's playbook.

"We have a right and a responsibility to examine and critically evaluate these nominees' background, to make sure that they will fulfill their oath and their responsibility", Sen.

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