Skip to comments.Senate Dems plan all-night protest over Trump's EPA pick
Posted on 02/16/2017 1:14:46 PM PST by jazusamo
Senate Democrats are planning an all-night talkathon Thursday over President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Asked whether Democrats are planning to hold the floor all night, a spokeswoman for Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee confirmed that "that's the plan."
A spokesman for Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) directed questions to Carper's office but noted that Democrats aren't planning to yield back debate time.
The late-night floor drama comes after senators voted to move forward with Scott Pruitt's nomination earlier Thursday in a 54-46 vote.
A final vote, absent a deal, is expected early Friday afternoon.
Democrats don't have the manpower to block Pruitt on their own. Cabinet nominees only need a simple majority, and Republicans have 52 seats.
Though Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is expected to vote against Pruitt, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) are supporting him.
Democrats blasted McConnell on Thursday for refusing to delay a vote on Pruitt. They wanted more time to wait for records from his time as Oklahoma attorney general requested more than two years ago.
The Center for Media and Democracy had sought, under Oklahomas state records law, copies of emails between Pruitts staff and representatives of various fossil fuel and conservative interests.
Eleven Democrats had already taken to the floor as of Thursday afternoon to protest Pruitt's nomination.
they’re gonna work? what’s the occasion?
no one has to show up anyways...and it's usually a dozen or so present.
Resistance is futile - just going to lose and be tired ...
All the sit-ins, marches, demonstrations, riots etc. mean one thing for the Dems.
The 2020 mid-terms are going to be an utter debacle for them.
It’s a good thing they’re too stupid to realize it.
Oh, they’re such a bunch of poseurs. They don’t give a flying freep about the environment, just money.
Fake Senators in bed with Fake News.
Collins. What a jerk. But I guess you knew that already.
I think democrat senator Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) Is trying to convince voters in North Dakota that she’s not a democrat. My guess is she is up for reelection in a few years.
If elected the next time, she would go right back to being a true blue democrat. That’s how they operate.
Bring cots, kids! Sleep over's can be fun! But, you still have to go to work and lose tomorrow! Knock yourselves out!
The president has a broad domestic agenda he’s about to unveil and what do the Democrats offer? Nothing as usual unless you want to count protesting, whining and obstructing.
Any chance of these RATS might grow up?
Didn’t think so!
Yep! She and Tester (D-MT) are in the same boat. Tester, IMHO, will get walloped in Montana.
All night circle-jerk.
I have been waiting for this one. The EPA is the embodiment of an out of control Job Killing agency. Pretty much everything you buy and every utility bill you pay costs you more because of the deluded bastards that have been running the EPA.
Let them stay up and protest all night.
Nobody will be watching them, nobody cares.
To RUB SALT in their wounds the complete failure of Harry Reid should be mentioned by every Republican.
REID changed the rules. It is a disaster for every party OUT of power. The Democrats are out of power and they will suffer. ALL THANKS to Harry Reid.
I pray Trump gets at least 3 and maybe 4 SCOTUS picks. SHAPE the court for the next 30-40 years.
If he does watch what happens. Prediction if this court goes 6-3 or 7-2 Conservative, I predict the next time Democrats Lead the Senate and have the Presidency they will talk about INCREASING the size to 15 Associate Justices.
2018 is election year for Tommie Carper, so he speaks. After he steals Delaware Democrats money and gets their votes, he’ll go back into hibernation.
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