Scott Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Head

Posted: Feb 17, 2017 1:30 PM

Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the Senate as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by a 52-46 vote. Pruitt is the former Oklahoma Attorney General.

The vote was mostly along party lines, with the exception of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who voted against Pruitt's confirmation, and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) broke with the Democrats and voted for him. Sen. John MCCain (R-AZ) skipped the vote.

The Washington Post's announcement of Pruitt's confirmation raised eyebrows and drew accusations of bias.

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