July 20, 2017

Senate Dems Request Delay In Pruitt Vote

18 February 2017, 12:51 | Leonard Manning

Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, has sued the EPA more than a dozen times in his current post, alarming numerous agency's employees, who fear that, if confirmed, he will work to dismantle its work. I have met at length with Mr. Pruitt, who is an accomplished attorney with considerable knowledge about environmental laws. In separate posts to Twitter on Thursday, the Senate Press Gallery said that if all of the time allocated for debate is used, a confirmation vote for Pruitt could be scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, while U.S. Sen.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell had moved to "strap blinders" on his fellow Republicans by not waiting for the release of Pruitt's emails.

Timmons gave the attorney general's office until Tuesday to release the records, meaning they likely won't come to light until after he is sworn in to his new position.

More than a dozen "open records requests" seeking the emails had been filed in Oklahoma, dating back to January 2015, but Pruitt and his office did not respond to them. "This is wrong. This is an appalling conflict of interest", Sheldon went on to say.

At the time of the hearing on Thursday, the attorney general's office had provided only 411 of the more than 3,000 emails the CMD had requested. Pence's vote was needed to break a tie before DeVos was confirmed.

"But we're going to be here a lot", he said.

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Pruitt's nomination has been controversial in progressive circles.

Trump likely will issue executive orders to reshape the EPA if his pick is approved, sources said.

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Pruitt was grilled over a series of letters he sent to federal agencies on state stationery that were critical of the economic effects of environmental rules, and drafted, nearly word for word, by energy lobbyists.

"Why won't they give the American people the ability to find out what is in these emails before there is a vote here on the Senate floor", said Senator Ed Markey from MA.

Those comments did little to win over Democrats, who peppered Pruitt with questions on his cooperation with the fossil fuel industry and skepticism of mainstream climate science during his confirmation hearing last month.

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