On Wednesday, moderate GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine tweeted she will not vote for Donald Trump’s EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.
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
Below are some reasons explaining her opposition in her press release.
“Specifically, I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued 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. 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 opposition to the nominee expressed by Friends of Acadia is grounded in concerns about the importance of emissions reductions for lessening the impacts of climate change that affect this gem of a national park.”
“Due to my concerns about Mr. Pruitt’s commitment to the mission of the EPA, I will cast my vote in opposition to his confirmation.”
Unfortunately, it does not surprise me Collins is opposing another nominee. She is known for being much more moderate than a conservative.
If every senator voted along party lines, each nominee would be confirmed 52 to 48. With Collins opposing Pruitt, this is crucial because only one more GOP Senator to oppose him would lead to another tie-break.
It is not the first time Collins voted against a nominee. She opposed Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, which resulted in a tie before Vice President Pence cast his vote to confirm her.
I do think Pruitt would do a good job in this role. Constituents better call their GOP Senators, because this could come down to another tie-break.
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