Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead Trump’s EPA Despite Dems’ Delay Tactics

by Neil W. McCabe | Breitbart
February 18, 2017

The Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 52-46, on the Friday before Congress leaves for a week-long Presidents Day recess.

“As I come here to the floor: I chaired the committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, on Scott Pruitt’s nomination,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R.-Wyo.) in the minutes before the bipartisan vote that saw two Democrats joining the Republican majority, West Virginia’s Sen. Joseph Manchin and North Dakota’s Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. One Republican voted against the nomination, Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins.

“I listened to six and a half hours of testimony,” Barrasso said. “I listened and read through responses that he gave to 1,200 questions being asked of him. He gave thorough answers. Perhaps not the answer the Democrats wanted to hear but answers that I felt were responsive.”

Barrasso took the nomination out of his committee by invoking a special rule approved by the Senate parliamentarian office, because Democrats boycotted the committee’s vote on Pruitt, which robbed the committee of a quorum.

17 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    Senate leadership should have kept everyone in town rather than taking a week off. As hopes for a late winter vacation began to slip away many of the senators would have stopped playing politics and would have confirmed the president’s remaining cabinet.

  • roboteq says:

    It is so disgusting that every decision made in government today is based more on party loyalty than on serving We the People of the United States of America who are footing the bill for every job in government services. President Trump is no more a Republican or a Democrat than he is a pleasant fellow when crossed. I may not care for President Trump’s overall character, but I do believe he is working for the best interest of “ALL” American citizens, not just those who voted for him. We need all of the partisan leaders to behave the same. We need American leadership, not Republican or Democrat leadership.

  • Bob says:

    Pruitt – the Clown who’s in the POCKET of the OIL INDUSTRY all around the COUNTRY. Sued the EPA in Oklahoma more than 30 time and pushed FRACKING in Oklahoma to the point they now have more EARTHQUAKES AND DEATHS than California. Only goes to prove Republicons will do anything for a BUCK. Pruitt has been bought and owned by FOSIL FUELS FOREVER!!! Congratulations – OKLAHOMA, home of the FOSIL FREAK!!!!

  • Daniel Levar says:

    A really great selection…Scott Pruitt will get the job done…he understands the importance of working along the fine lines of our environment without stifling growth…we needs jobs… Let’s get it done….

  • Webb says:

    A+ to The Republicans for not caving on their Nomination Of Pruitt…
    Years of The EPA overreaching into our everyday lives, may now be halted…
    Maybe now Mud puddles, Farm ponds, and Farms will be Left alone for exactly what they are…
    In our state we are charged, in the rural area, $15.00 a year for rain water falling on our property and in the towns and cities, it can be as much several hundred dollars per year>>>unfunded Mandate by The EPA…
    We Wait…

  • Tiger says:

    The EPA has been writing Legislative law, enforcing it and punishing those that did not follow it. This is unconstitutional and I am surely surprised about this nomination, he will take them down.

  • Jean Langford M. says:


  • Rodney Steward says:

    This is one place that truly needs a draining, this is one part of the Gov. with VERY LONG ARMS, that either need cutting off, or eliminated all together! Under Obama this socialist bunch got totally out of control!! Hopefully Trump put the right person in to clean it up or shut it down!

    1. Tiger says:

      They have been writing Legislative Law, enforcing it and punishing those who didn’t follow it. Unconstitutional and this nomination surprised me. This guy will take them to the ropes.

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        That’s great, the EPA needs to clean up like most everything else that the Obama clan destroyed!!

        1. Tiger says:

          Rodney there is so much that has happened under O that it is going to take eight years of Trump and another eight years of a good man like him and even then, without prosecuting Soros, Obama, Hillary and getting rid of those like McCain and Graham and other RINO they will grow back like weeds in a garden.

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            Rubio being one, Paul Ryan, Carlos Curbelo, and more that have taken money from Soros and being new Rino’s! I seen where 12 Rep. took money from Soros, but I know you know this also, you stay on top of thing as well as anyone!!

          2. Tiger says:

            Today we are hearing many X CIA etc. saying Trump must prosecute many and this must stop and by George it will. Come Hell or High Water we and our president WILL WIN THIS WAR FOR OUR REPUBLIC.

          3. Rodney Steward says:

            I still believe CIA- Brennan is a cheat, he’s an Obama man and (Perverted) muslim! But I do look for things to get dirty soon, the more you read the more so many have planned for our down fall, and WHY, all for the NWO freaks, even the Pope is a socialist and said we need to do more to help these made up refugees! If he was truly a man of God he’d know how Christianity and islam do NOT WORK!

          4. Tiger says:

            Of course he is. So is Clapper. This Pope is no Holy man he is a Socialist and even the Franciscans don’t like him and wish he were not one of them.

  • randy jackson says:

    Mr. Pruitt: Time to shift gears.
    We support you sir.
    Start by cancelling the “Clean Power Plan”.
    Thank you

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