After opposing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Republican Sen. Susan Collins has now said she will also oppose Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Collins announced her decision on Twitter.
After careful consideration, I have decided to oppose the confirmation of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator https://t.co/QRuRtVua1X
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) February 15, 2017
“After careful consideration, I have decided to oppose the confirmation of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator,” she wrote.
Her link was to a statement explaining her decision:
“The fact is, Mr. Pruitt and I have fundamentally different views of the role and mission of the EPA. That does not mean that I agree with every regulatory action that EPA has taken. At times, the Agency has been difficult to work with and unresponsive to bipartisan congressional concerns. But the EPA plays a vital role in implementing and enforcing landmark laws that protect not only our environment but also public health.
“Specifically, I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued EPA on numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine, including mercury controls for coal-fired power plants and efforts to reduce cross-state air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. His actions leave me with considerable doubts about whether his vision for the EPA is consistent with the Agency’s critical mission to protect human health and the environment.
Pruitt is hailed by conservatives but criticized by the left for his lawsuits against the EPA while Oklahoma Attorney General.
DeVos was narrowly confirmed by the Senate last week in a historic vote after two Republican senators, Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they would vote no. With a tie vote in the senate, Vice President Mike Pence was called to cast the tie-breaking vote, confirming the Education Secretary.
For his part, Sen. Chuck Schumer has said he will try to undermine and slow down the confirmation for all of Trump’s cabinet nominees, including Pruitt.
“Any attempt by Republicans to have a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day and before the Congress and public have adequate information on all of them is something Democrats will vehemently resist,” Schumer said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.
“If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken,” he went on to say, adding that Trump is “attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating.”
H/T: The Blaze