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GOP Sen. Collins to vote against Trumpís EPA pick
The Hill ^ | February 15, 2017 | Timothy Cama

Posted on 02/15/2017 2:46:48 PM PST by jazusamo

GOP Sen. Collins to vote against Trump’s EPA pick
© Greg Nash

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will vote against confirming President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Collins is the only Senate Republican to come out against Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA 14 times during former President Obama’s administration.

“I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued the EPA on numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine, including mercury controls for coal-fired power plants and efforts to reduce cross-state air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” Collins told Maine Public Radio on Wednesday.

“His actions leave me with considerable doubts about whether his vision for the EPA is consistent with the agency’s critical mission to protect human health and the environment.”

Senators could vote on confirming Pruitt as early as Friday and despite Collins’s defection, Pruitt is still likely to be confirmed. The GOP's other 51 senators are likely to vote for him, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he has “the right experience for the position.”

The rest of the Democratic caucus is likely to vote against Pruitt, who needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.

Pruitt’s litigious history with the agency he wants to lead has been central to the campaign by Democrats and environmentalists against him.

He has sued to stop regulations controlling mercury pollution from power plants, carbon dioxide from power plants, a cleanup program for the Chesapeake Bay, ground-level ozone pollution, Obama’s rule asserting federal power over small waterways and more.

Pruitt and Republicans have defended the lawsuits as necessary to stop overreach by Obama’s EPA. Among the cases that have made it to a final court decision, Pruitt has been victorious just once.

Collins is one of the most centrist Republicans in the Senate, having broken with her party numerous times to support environmental regulations and legislation.

The Sierra Club applauded Collins Wednesday.

“Today, Senator Collins took a stand for families across Maine by opposing this dangerous nomination that would be a threat to our clean air, clean water, and public health,” Glen Brand, director of the group’s Maine chapter, said in a statement.

Collins' announcement came on the heels of a major blow for Trump's Cabinet slate, after Andy Puzder withdrew from consideration as Labor secretary one day before his confirmation hearing. She had expressed skepticism about his nomination, and also voted against final confirmation for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 115th; confirmation; epa; rinocollins; scottpruitt; susancollins; trumpcabinet; trumpepa; turncoat
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Scott Pruit is exactly who we need to head the EPA, he and President Trump can cut the agency by about 90% and it'll still employ too many bureaucrats.
1 posted on 02/15/2017 2:46:48 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

I detest this person.

Maine is represented by two losers—Angus King and Susan Collins—both Democrats without the “D” after their name.


2 posted on 02/15/2017 2:49:15 PM PST by exit82 (The opposition has already been Trumped!)
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To: exit82

Bump!


3 posted on 02/15/2017 2:50:26 PM PST by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo

Gee, she is so ugly, regardless of politics


4 posted on 02/15/2017 2:50:34 PM PST by Rebel2016
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To: jazusamo

Why doesn’t this bitch just become a democrat. She talks like one, votes like one and can never be depended on.


5 posted on 02/15/2017 2:51:07 PM PST by falcon99
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To: jazusamo

She, Boxer, and Feinstein have certainly done women proud. /s


6 posted on 02/15/2017 2:54:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (NeverTrump, a movement that was revealed to be a movement. Thank heaven we flushed!)
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Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA 14 times

Pruitt sounds like the perfect match.

7 posted on 02/15/2017 2:57:26 PM PST by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: DoughtyOne

They’re without a doubt three of a kind.


8 posted on 02/15/2017 2:58:25 PM PST by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo

Senator Collins should simply be honest and become a Democrat. Fortunately, Democratic Senator Manchin cancels her out in this case.


9 posted on 02/15/2017 2:59:01 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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Collins is a reliable Democrat vote.
10 posted on 02/15/2017 3:00:26 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (Those that can, do, those that can't, work in the Beltway.)
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To: jazusamo

Agreed. All three scream term limits.


11 posted on 02/15/2017 3:00:27 PM PST by DoughtyOne (NeverTrump, a movement that was revealed to be a movement. Thank heaven we flushed!)
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To: exit82; ExTexasRedhead

“I detest this person.”

Me too! The problem is we’re stuck with her until 2020. Thanks Maine for hucking these two turds into the Senate! The good news is that Anus King is up in 2018. Now, will Maine help us out? Not likely, this a$$hole is their former governor.


12 posted on 02/15/2017 3:00:43 PM PST by vette6387
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Go, President Trump!

Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

13 posted on 02/15/2017 3:00:53 PM PST by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo

Abolish the agency, then there’s no need to confirm anyone.


14 posted on 02/15/2017 3:06:30 PM PST by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Building the Wall! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: falcon99

Not true, she has voted for every one except DeVos. Don’t be like the Dems... It’s better to have her than not. Sure, she’s annoying but having a Senator in main who will support us 60% of the time is a good thing. A!So, these votes are mostly controlled by Majority leader...He let’s her do this when he knows he has the votes. She gets to use this as a talking point come election time if need be


15 posted on 02/15/2017 3:10:14 PM PST by wiseprince
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To: jazusamo

Of course you will Sourpuss Sue


16 posted on 02/15/2017 3:24:19 PM PST by butlerweave
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To: jazusamo

don’t sweat it. We will win by one vote.


17 posted on 02/15/2017 3:25:22 PM PST by BRL
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Amen...As my grandad used to say, “an inch is as good as a mile” and it’s true if it’s in your favor.


18 posted on 02/15/2017 3:29:20 PM PST by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: exit82

Shocker—her again


19 posted on 02/15/2017 3:31:29 PM PST by AtlantaBelle
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To: jazusamo

Should pick up a vote from WV I would think the coal MK ors would be vary happy with this choice

Or maybe WY.
EPA regulations have heart more than one blue states.


20 posted on 02/15/2017 3:31:42 PM PST by hoosiermama (When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.DJT)
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