In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new chief administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Two Democrats, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for Pruit. The only Republican to vote against him was Sen. Susan Collins, a liberal from Maine.
The vote was 52-46.
The vote drew cheers from conservatives.
“President Obama turned the EPA into one of the most vilified agencies in the ‘swamp’ of over-reaching government,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine. “As EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt will bring a rational, constitutional, and federalist perspective to environmental stewardship. He knows the value of preserving our air, water, and land as well as the impact that regulations have had on jobs and people. He is an excellent addition to the Trump Administration.”
“Scott Pruitt will be an outstanding Administrator of the EPA,” said U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma. “Rather than twist environmental laws to invent new powers for the EPA, Scott will enforce existing law and ensure that we protect the environment, and also protect family budgets. The federal government must improve efficiencies across agencies, especially the agency that ensures clean air, clean drinking water, and a healthy environment. Scott will do this job well, and I look forward to continuing our work together for the future of the nation as he leads the EPA.”
Pruitt brings new day for farmers and ranchers, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president said.
“Today is a new day for farmers and ranchers across the country,” said OKFB President Tom Buchanan. “We now have an Environmental Protection Agency administrator who will work alongside us, rather than against us, in protecting the environment as we produce an abundance of safe and affordable food.
“In the past, the EPA has disregarded its constitutional role, and given itself authority far beyond Congressional intent. The agency’s onerous regulations have hindered economic growth and placed undue burdens on U.S. farmers and ranchers.”