Scott Pruitt Approved by Senate Committee to head EPA

Scott Pruitt has been approved by the Senate to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Democrats didn't show up to vote for the second day as part of a boycott. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Republicans voted 11-0 for Pruitt.

Democrats and some environmental groups are strongly against Pruitt. Pruitt is the Oklahoma attorney general who is skeptical about climate change. The New York Times reports Pruitt "has led or taken part in 14 lawsuits aimed at blocking E.P.A. regulations."

The vote is now headed for a full confirmation vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.