Great news! Scott Pruitt is now the new EPA administrator!
He was just confirmed by what was almost a party line vote in the Senate of 52-46:
BREAKING: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt confirmed by Senate to serve as EPA administrator.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 17, 2017
#BREAKING Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator 52-46. Collins was lone GOP nay. Heitkamp/Manchin were Dem yeas.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 17, 2017
As Pergram points out, Susan Collins voted against Pruitt while a couple of Dems, Heitkamp and Manchin voted for Pruitt.
Here’s something interesting from Fox Business, where they claim Trump will issue an executive order on the EPA “that will suck the air out of the room”.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) February 17, 2017
UPDATE: EPA says ‘welcome’:
We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA.
— U.S. EPA (@EPA) February 17, 2017