Wicker Meets With Nominee to Lead EPA

Miss. Senator, Scott Pruitt Discuss Environmental Issues, Unwarranted Regulations

January 4, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today met with Scott Pruitt regarding his nomination to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President-elect Trump.

“Mr. Pruitt is more than qualified to lead EPA,” Wicker said. “The agency was created to protect our environment. However, under the Obama Administration, it has overreached and sought unjustified measures for political gain rather than achieving environmental protection. Mr. Pruitt’s goal to reinstate EPA’s core mission will help stimulate our economy, bring back jobs, and safeguard our natural heritage. I applaud President-elect Trump’s nomination and look forward to working with Mr. Pruitt as he restores balance to the agency.”

As the current Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt has extensive knowledge of the federal regulatory system and the rule of law. He was a leader in the fight to dismantle President Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. Rule.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has legislative jurisdiction over EPA including nominations subject to Senate confirmation.