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 McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials 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.


“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 CollinsRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE of Maine — has vowed to vote “no” on Pruitt, and two Democrats — Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSusan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same 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.