Warren: Trump's EPA pick the 'attorney general for Exxon'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Mass.) blasted Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Senate floor Thursday, arguing he prioritized corporations over his home state.
 
"A state's attorney general is supposed to serve the people," Warren said. "Instead of working as the attorney general of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt has served as the attorney general for Exxon." 
 
Democrats — led by Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperTrump states would bear brunt of gas tax increase: conservative groups Trump talk riles advocates on both sides of gas tax Senate bill would let EPA implement global greenhouse gas deal MORE (D-Del.) — are holding an all-night talk-a-thon from the Senate floor to protest Pruitt's nomination. A final vote on his nomination is expected early Friday afternoon. 
 
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Democrats are opposing Pruitt because of his views on climate change, lawsuits he launched against the agency as Oklahoma's attorney general and his financial ties to the industry he'll be tasked with regulating. 
 
Warren added that Pruitt is "big oil's go-to attorney general." 
 
"Those big polluters have their fantasy EPA nominee," she said. "He measures ... success by how happy his corporate donors are." 
 
Pruitt publicly defended Exxon after Democratic attorneys general questioned if the oil and gas company had undercut its own internal climate change research.
 
Democrats don't have the ability to block Pruitt on their own. Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate, and Cabinet picks only need a simple majority. 
 
Though GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (Maine) will oppose Pruitt, Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSenate rejects Trump immigration plan Cramer to announce North Dakota Senate run on Friday Senate Democrats not sold on bipartisan immigration deal MORE (N.D.) are expected to support him. 
 
Republicans have largely rallied around Pruitt's nomination. 
 
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) hit back at Democratic criticism, calling some of the accusations "ludicrous." 
 
"He's a statesman. He's a dedicated public servant," the Oklahoma senator said. "Scott has fought for the states to be able to be in the driver's seat." 
 
Lankford also argued that Democrats are launching inaccurate attacks about Oklahoma, saying his state is being "ripped apart for political gain."