WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee urged Democrat members of the committee to quit stalling a vote on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator after they boycotted a business meeting to consider the nomination.
“Attorney General Pruitt’s responses to the questions put before him during his confirmation hearing earned the opportunity to be considered by the full Senate and that begins with this committee voting on his nomination,” Boozman said during the business meeting. “I urge my Democrat colleagues of the committee to quit stalling a vote on this nomination. Attorney General Pruitt has been through a grueling nomination process and has done everything asked of him. This includes answering more questions than incoming nominees for the same position in the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations.”
Attorney General Pruitt has answered more than 1,200 questions. This is the most total questions ever answered by an EPA administrator nominee for an incoming administration on record. During the confirmation process he was thoroughly vetted and validated his qualifications to serve as EPA Administrator.
In 2009, the Senate confirmed seven of President Obama’s nominees on day one – and nearly all of them within two weeks. Today, the 13th day of the Trump administration, the Senate will hold its fifth confirmation vote.