Dems Urge Congress To Postpone Trump’s EPA Pick Despite Lengthy Grilling

Sen Tom Carper

A Delaware senator urged his Democratic colleagues to postpone President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pick even after Congress subjected the nominee to a grueling six hour-long confirmation hearing.

Sen. Tom Carper asked his congressional colleagues to “postpone” making any decisions to affirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Trump’s EPA head. Democrats are “deeply concerned” about Pruitt’s unwillingness to answer questions, the Delaware Democrat wrote in a letter to Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

“While Committee Democrats acknowledge that Mr. Pruitt did submit responses to many questions, too many of his answers fail to provide requested documents, substance, and clarity needed about his potential conflicts of interests,” Carper added.

He was referring to concerns that Pruitt’s lawsuits against the EPA might represent a conflict of interest if he was confirmed — Carper wants Pruitt to recuse himself from agency matters dealing with litigation he initiated as the Oklahoma AG.

Pruitt received, and answered, more than 1,000 questions after his hearing in January — Carper and his fellow Democrats believe his answers about conflicts of interest and his record as an AG are insufficient.

He sat through a grueling six-hour marathon of confirmation questions from lawmakers over the past several weeks, while former President Barack Obama’s EPA appointee Gina McCarthy faced a three-hour stint before being confirmed.

Carper called on Democrats in December to stonewall Pruitt’s nomination, despite telling his Republican colleagues in 2014 that presidents of both parties deserve to pick whoever they want to fill their cabinets. He called it a disgrace for Republicans to postpone Obama’s nominees for political reasons.

Senators have always debated the merits of presidential nominees, he said in 2014, but in the end, they usually get the team they want.

Carper’s comments, which were made during the height of President Barack Obama’s second term, were meant to persuade his colleagues to avoid turning the confirmation process into a “game of executive branch Swiss cheese.”

He added: “The President, regardless of what party they are from, needs, for the most part, to have the team they want to put in place. They have been elected to lead. Let’s give them a chance to lead.”

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    Better to be a “Deplorable ” than a Depends . Time to stick a fork in it . The Depends Party have openly stated they will obstruct everything . How mature . The two most corrupt departments are squealing the most, Education and that other printing press EPA .
    Time to leave the losers to their bed wetting . There is a new kid in town .

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    And when did the DEMS listen to the republicans or extend their hand across the aisle when
    were running the USA like a dictatorship in
    2009 @ 2010 ?

    Criminal jerks like Max Baucus would not allow Republican discussion on an issue even in committee much less on the senate floor ruled by criminal election fraud pig Hairy Reed.

    They have the gaul to demand consideration when
    They have proffered none ?

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    The USA is united in name only. Left/Right division is getting worse, get used to it.

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