Reaction as Democrats boycott committee vote on Pruitt nomination

The Wisconsin Gazette

Democrats today boycotted a Senate committee confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Seats for the 10 Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee were empty when the Feb. 1 meeting on the nomination of Scott Pruitt was called to order.

Republican leaders complained the move was political theater, but progressive leaders cheered on the Democrats.

Reaction to the development…

Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said, “Today’s actions by Democrats to resist Scott Pruitt’s nomination were necessary and commendable. Pruitt is wholly unfit and unqualified to lead the EPA and anything done by anyone to prevent his confirmation must be welcomed and encouraged. Sadly, efforts by Senate Republicans to move Pruitt’s nomination forward confirm what we now know to be true: most Republicans hold an aggressive disdain for science, public health and common-sense environmental protection. Moving forward, any senator of either party that supports Pruitt’s nomination will be judged as anti-science, anti-health and anti-environment, and be held appropriately accountable by the people.” executive director May Boeve commented, “The resistance strikes back. With Pruitt refusing to answer the most basic questions about his fossil fuel industry connections, Democrats are right to protest. This is the sort of principled leadership that the public is demanding from their elected officials.”

Environment America executive director Margie Alt said, “Americans deserve an EPA administrator who will fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we love. Scott Pruitt fails on all these accounts. The Senate must stand with science. The Senate must stand up for our families’ health, clean water and clean air. The Senate must reject President Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.”