McCain will skip EPA confirmation vote for German conference: report

McCain will skip EPA confirmation vote for German conference: report
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit NY Daily News cover following Helsinki summit shows Trump shooting Uncle Sam MORE (R-Ariz.) will skip the final confirmation vote for President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator nominee so he can make it to a global security conference in Germany, Politico reported Thursday.

McCain was scheduled to fly with 11 other senators and four House members on a military plane to the Munich Security Conference on Friday. But when he heard the flight had been pushed back to give the senators time to vote on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s confirmation, he took matters into his own hands and booked a commercial flight departing Thursday night.

“I have been going to this conference for 40 years, and I told them months ago that I was going,” McCain told Politico.

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“I have a speech to give tomorrow at the conference that I was committed” to, he said. “Everybody else is going after the vote.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice President Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis are all expected to attend the Munich Security Conference.

Pruitt is expected to make it through his confirmation vote with relative ease, even without McCain’s vote.

Only one Senate Republican — Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE of Maine — has vowed to vote “no” on Pruitt, and two Democrats — Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMorrisey accuses Manchin of 'lying' to Trump, attacks ‘liberal’ record The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (N.D.) — are expected to support his confirmation.

That should give Pruitt the simple majority needed for approval for the top job at the EPA.