EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head

EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head
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The Environmental Protection Agency broke its silence on Twitter on Friday for the first time since President Trump took office, tweeting out congratulations to its new administrator, Scott Pruitt.

"We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA," the agency said.

Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, was confirmed on Friday by a 52-46 vote. Only one Republican, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsStates fill family caregiver void left by Congress GOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal MORE (Maine), voted against his confirmation, while two red-state Democrats, Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Overnight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE (W.V.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDemocrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Overnight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE (N.D.), voted in his favor.

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The EPA congratulatory message came a day after The New York Times reported that agency employees were calling their senators to urge them to vote against Pruitt, who sued the environmental agency more than a dozen times as Oklahoma's top law enforcement official.

That reported backlash from agency employees suggested that Pruitt could face stern internal opposition in his new post, according to the Times.

Government Twitter accounts regularly tweeted unflatteringly about Trump at the start of his administration. Soon after, Trump's staff ordered some government accounts to stop tweeting.

As a presidential candidate, Trump vowed to roll back environmental rules and regulations and expressed a desire to abolish the EPA.