Pruitt Confirmed as Head of the EPAFebruary 17th, 2017 by Editor
The Senate voted 52-46 today to confirm Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Republican attorney general of Oklahoma has been a fierce critic of the agency.
In the past, Pruitt has taken legal action against the agency he’ll be running. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, he has sued the EPA over its power plant regulations. He also took part in a case that claimed the agency has a too-close relationship with environmental groups.
In a statement, the National Association of Home Builders praised Pruitt’s confirmation.
“NAHB congratulates Scott Pruitt on being confirmed as the nation’s next EPA Administrator said Granger MacDonald, chair of the NAHB and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Pruitt understands the need for a commonsense regulatory process that is based on sound science, and does not trample states’ rights or ignore the economic impact on small businesses. NAHB looks forward to working with Administrator Pruitt and his team to help move towards this more reasonable approach.”
Kevin McKenney, the director of government affairs for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), praised the selection of Pruitt as EPA head in December.
“We are optimistic that opportunities to address the regulatory burden currently facing manufacturers will emerge, and WDMA will continue to engage EPA on implementing common-sense solutions,” he said.