Controversial pick Scott Pruitt confirmed for environmental agency Cabinet role

Brushing aside objections from Democrats, they will vote today to confirm Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Congressional Democrats called for a delay on Pruitt's confirmation after a state judge in Oklahoma ordered Pruitt to release emails between him and energy industry executives. As Oklahoma's attorney general, he sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to limit carbon emissions, regulate smog pollution, and safeguard wetlands and streams - that filter into drinking water - against contamination.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt confirmed by Senate to serve as EPA administrator. Heidi Heitkmap, D-N.D., were the only Democrats who voted in favor of the nomination from President Donald Trump. The ruling came in a case brought by the Center for Media and Democracy in January, in which the group said Pruitt failed to fulfill open records requests. "Scott Pruitt has extensive knowledge of the laws that guide the EPA, and he is committed to refocusing the agency on actually cleaning up the environment instead of constantly churning out rules with questionable legal authority".

Now that Pruitt has been confirmed, it will be interesting to see what changes - in personnel, in rulemaking and in public information - he will enact. "He will return the EPA to its core mission of protecting public and environmental health while balancing economic impact".

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GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME was the only Republican to vote against him.

King supported the delay, and warned colleagues that they will have to explain their vote to future generations. Pruitt has refused to release the emails for more than two years. Pruitt has battled the EPA numerous times in court, earning the hatred of many of the agency's employees.

President Trump during the campaign promised to roll back environmental regulations that were believed to have caused chronic job loss in the energy sector.

Pruitt's office released more than 400 documents to CMD last Friday, after the lawsuit was filed, and one showed Pruitt's chief of staff coordinated "soft ball" questions on water regulations from Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe during a congressional hearing.

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Pruitt will be sworn in before the public can review his emails from his tenure as attorney general.

"If it wasn't one thing, it'd be another", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Manchin, for his part, was the sole Democrat to join Republicans to vote in favor of Steven Mnuchin heading the Treasury Secretary and confirm Jeff Sessions as US attorney general.

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