U.S. Senate Panel Approves Trump EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

  • Date: 03/02/17
  • Amy Harder, The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans voted Thursday to advance President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest nominee of the new administration the GOP is sending to the Senate floor despite near-universal Democratic opposition.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies at his confirmation hearing.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies at his confirmation hearing. PHOTO: MARK REINSTEIN/ZUMA PRESS

Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, suspended a rule of that panel that requires at least two members of the minority party be present to conduct business. The maneuver allowed Republicans to advance EPA nominee Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to the full Senate with no Democrats present by a vote of 11-0.

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