President Trump campaigned on reversing it, and Pruitt was among the state attorneys general who sued to block the regulation from ever taking effect. This is a vote that should not even have happened, given the unanswered questions about Pruitt's hidden e-mails with fossil fuel companies that a judge has ordered to be released next week.
Trump's nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is likely to pass the vote, which is scheduled for 1 pm EST (1800 GMT) on Friday, with the support of almost all the Republicans in the Republican-controlled Senate. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Sen.
Pruitt's ties to energy companies are well known, so it's hard to say if there will be any earth-shattering revelations found in his emails.
"Scott Pruitt has not demonstrated he will support Colorado's values as EPA administrator".
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"Scott's principled approach will respect the law and reinforce the EPA's core mission to protect our air and water without unconstitutional and job killing overreach, which has brought tremendous harm to West Virginia during the past eight years", Morrisey said in a Friday afternoon news release.
Should Pruitt be confirmed, it would be hard to fire those workers who opposed him due to Civil Service protections, meaning there could be a lot of internal dissension against actions Pruitt aims to take, like dismantling the Clean Power Plan. The groupsinitially requested the release of email communications between Pruitt's office and fossil fuel interests more than two years ago, but Pruitt staffers didn't fulfill the request. "We would be wise to wait to vote on Mr. Pruitt's nomination until we had the opportunity to review them - and shame on us if we didn't".
Pruitt's nomination was strongly opposed by environmental groups that predict he will roll back EPA's enforcement efforts. Pruitt was confirmed 52-46. President Donald Trump is attending the luncheon along with other dignitaries after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. "The vote to confirm Pruitt must now be delayed until every senator can see just who Pruitt is and what he will do if permitted to run the EPA", Pierce said. He has sued it more than a dozen times when he was the attorney-general of Oklahoma.
At a press conference Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked why he didn't postpone the vote until after Pruitt's emails became available.