Monday, February 13, 2017

Warner says Pruitt’s distain for the EPA won’t win his vote

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) in a statement on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“I cannot think of another nominee I’ve been asked to consider who has, over the course of a career, demonstrated more disdain for the work of the agency he seeks to lead than Mr. Pruitt. From opposing Chesapeake Bay cleanup, to denying the science of climate change, to filing more than a dozen lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Pruitt’s views and actions do not align with what once was a bipartisan national priority of protecting our nation’s air and water.

“After a close review of his record, prior statements, and Committee testimony, I am convinced that Mr. Pruitt would use this position to undermine those goals. Virginia simply has too much at stake for Mr. Pruitt to become Administrator of the EPA. I will be voting against this nomination, and encouraging my colleagues to do the same.”

Sen. Warner voted against the nominations of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, and Tom Price for Health & Human Services Secretary, and has previously announced his opposition to Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin, and Mick Mulvaney for OMB Director.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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