Rubberstamping a Radical Anti-Environmental Agenda

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Washington - Today the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, with no Democratic senators present, advanced the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. Democrats boycotted the vote after repeated attempts to obtain additional information about Scott Pruitt's record and conflicts of interest were rebuffed. Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement.

"Scott Pruitt is a reckless choice to lead EPA. Throughout his career he has consistently put the interests of corporate polluters and campaign donors before public health. He has sued to dismantle commonsense protections for healthy air and clean water, has pledged to withdraw the Clean Water Rule, and still wants to debate the need to act on climate immediately. Thanks to Republicans on the committee, Scott Pruitt is one step closer to being able to implement President Trump's radical environmental agenda. "

"It's extraordinary that Democrats on the committee were not able to get the information they sought and disappointing that committee Republicans would rather rubberstamp an appalling nominee than represent their constituents by saying no to President Trump's extreme and damaging vision for EPA. These Senators seem to have forgotten that Americans didn't give President Trump a mandate to trash basic safeguards; they didn't vote to weaken protections for clean water or public health; they didn't vote to put corporate polluters in charge of environmental policy."

"There is still time to stop Scott Pruitt and slow President Trump's dangerous agenda. We are going to do everything we can to ensure that the full Senate rejects his nomination."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly