Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, expects the Full Senate to consider Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) next week. Though the schedule for the week has yet to be released by the Senate Majority Leader, Carper told Politico he expects the vote next week and that he would push Democrats to hold the floor overnight in opposition to Pruitt’s nomination, as they did for Betsy DeVos’ nomination for Education secretary. However, following the all-night escapade, Devos was later confirmed by the Senate. Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman, expressed confidence the Oklahoma attorney general would make it through, predicting “some Democrats” would ultimately back Pruitt.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.