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 CollinsCollins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase MORE (Maine), voted against his confirmation, while two red-state Democrats, Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Enhanced infrastructure plan is the best way to go MORE (W.V.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampWashington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight Business groups aim to divide Democrats on .5T spending bill 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.