Senate approves Pruitt for EPA as Democrats delay other Trump picks

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Brushing aside complaints from critics, the Senate on Friday approved President Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Administration, as Democrats blocked quick votes on four other Trump nominations, delaying action on them until later this month.

The vote for Pruitt was 52-46, as another all-night debate forced by Democrats did not change the final outcome.

“The EPA needs to be reformed and modernized,” said Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), “Scott Pruitt is the right person for the job,” as Republicans derided claims from opponents of Pruitt.

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