Heller voted to confirm Scott Pruitt and has been silent on his growing ethics scandals
POLITICO: “Republicans are particularly eager to avoid putting the vulnerable Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in the position of being the deciding vote on a new EPA chief in the mold of Pruitt”
It’s been more than a week since Republicans first started calling for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s resignation as a series of constant controversies engulfed his office. Despite the growing pressure, Sen. Dean Heller – who voted to confirm Pruitt last year – is STILL refusing to comment on Pruitt’s scandals or call for his resignation. Pruitt has come under fire for wasting taxpayer money on frequent first-class flights, using a loophole to try to give staff members massive raises, and getting a sweetheart deal on a D.C. condo from a Big Oil lobbyist.
Now, POLITICO reports that Senate Republicans have made the decision to keep Scott Pruitt in his job – in part, so they can protect Dean Heller from being the deciding vote on a controversial new EPA Administrator.
And now the midterms are in sight. Republicans are particularly eager to avoid putting the vulnerable Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in the position of being the deciding vote on a new EPA chief in the mold of Pruitt. Heller has faced a backlash in increasingly-blue Nevada for confirming some of President Donald Trump’s nominees, and a vote on a conservative EPA administrator would offer Democrats another opportunity for outrage.
Nevada Democratic State Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement on Heller’s silence:
“Sen. Heller has never voted against a Trump nominee and has refused to even so much as criticize Scott Pruitt’s unethical practices or his anti-environmental agenda. When a corrupt member of the President’s Cabinet abuses our tax dollars and gets sweetheart deals from the industry lobbyists he’s supposed to be regulating, our Senator’s silence speaks volumes. Voters are watching, and this cowardly behavior serves as yet another reminder that Dean Heller is too spineless and too partisan to continue representing Nevada.”