Scott Pruitt Confirmed to Head EPA, Despite Pushback

After Democratic objections and pushback from environmental groups, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt is Oklahoma's attorney general and has sued the EPA before. Fox News reports Pruitt has said the EPA should have the majority of its authority stripped.

Pruitt narrowly nabbed the confirmation with a 52-46 vote. The New York Times reports two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, voted for him. A Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted no.

The Huffington Post reports nearly 800 former EPA staffers signed a letter begging senators to vote against Pruitt's confirmation. Fox News reports GOP lawmakers say he will "modernize the agency."