The cabinet nominations have been a highly contested issue in Washington, D.C. as of late. From Betsy DeVos to Jeff Sessions and all the rest, Democrats and Republicans cannot seem to agree. A few Republicans even strayed from the pack and voted against the cabinet nominees. But it was not enough to oust the nominees. Now another Republican Senator is promising to vote no once again.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced yesterday she would be voting no for President Trump’s nominee Scott Pruitt. He was the President’s choice for head of the Environmental Protection Agency. She is the only Senate Republican to refuse to vote for him thus far.
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
She even made the following comments to Maine Public Radio,
“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. The state of Maine, located at the end of our nation’s ‘air pollution tailpipe,’ is on the receiving end of pollution generated by coal-fired power plants in other states. Reducing harmful air pollutants is critical for public health, particularly for Maine which has among the highest rates of asthma in the country.”
When Pruitt was attorney general in Oklahoma he sued the EPA a total of fourteen times. He was opposing regulations implemented during the Obama administration. This is one of the reasons the Senator has said she refuses to vote for him. She said,
“I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued the 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.”
@SenatorCollins Why is Ms. Collins registered as a Republican?
— Jenny Stewart (@JennyStewart10) February 15, 2017
@SenatorCollins You don't even know what careful consideration is- just go March and change your party affiliation!
— DJGTeach (@DJGTeach1) February 16, 2017
However, she did give him respect for his past accomplishments. She noted his lengthy legal career and his astute knowledge on environmental law. On a side note, she noted that had he been nominated for any other position she would likely have supported him.
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