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 McCainGabbard hits back at Meghan McCain after fight over Assad Mellman: Where are good faith and integrity? GOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority 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 CollinsGraham: 'Handful' of GOP senators will vote to block Trump's emergency declaration Dems set up Tuesday vote to block Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report — Emergency declaration to test GOP loyalty to Trump MORE of Maine — has vowed to vote “no” on Pruitt, and two Democrats — Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Gabbard cites ‘concerns’ about ‘vagueness’ of Green New Deal MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction 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.