February 17 2017
This is beginning to sound a lot like college: The Democrats pulled yet another futile all-nighter to try to prevent a Trump Cabinet nominee from being confirmed by the Senate.
Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma's attorney general tangled in court with the Environmental Protection Agency over excessive regulations, has been confirmed by the Senate to head that agency.
The vote was what passes for bipartisan in Washington today. Two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, who come from coal rich states that have suffered because of EPA regulations, voted for Pruitt. One Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted against the nomination.
The Examiner commented on Heitkamp's vote:
She has said that the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's far-reaching climate rule, was unfairly hard on her state, which is the largest oil producer in the upper Midwest through fracking. The carbon dioxide reductions the EPA called for North Dakota to achieve were higher than any other state.
The Wall Street Journal notes that this could lead to a rollback of Obama administration climate control regulations.
Of course nothing proposed by the Trump administrations happens without resistance. The union to which EPA employs belong reportedly is going to hire a public relations firm to thwart their new boss.