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Greens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes

Greens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes
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An environmental group is launching an advertising campaign against two Senate Republicans who voted to confirm Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt last week. 

The ads target Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur Heller9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World MORE (R-Nev.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE (R-Ariz.), both of whom are up for reelection in 2018. They are part of a $580,000 campaign from the League of Conservation Voters, featuring both English and Spanish TV and radio spots.

The Arizona ads highlight asthma rates in the state, saying the EPA under Pruitt “will only make things worse” through weaker air pollution rules. The Nevada television ad said a Pruitt-led EPA would hurt clean water. 

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The League's ads are the first released by a green group since Pruitt’s confirmation as EPA administrator, but not the first related to his nomination for the position. 

The group is one of several organizations to have advertised against Pruitt, spending $50,000 on a digital ad campaign as part of a $3 million battle over his nomination. Nevada and Arizona were two of seven states included in a NextGen Climate television ad campaign in January designed to convince Republican senators to vote against Pruitt.  

The Senate confirmed Pruitt on a 52-46 vote on Friday, with only one Republican, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals Collins says infrastructure bill won't have gas tax increase or undo 2017 tax reform bill What the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship MORE (Maine), opposing him. 

Two Democrats supported Pruitt’s nomination: Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals Ocasio-Cortez: 'Old way of politics' influences Manchin's thinking The Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience MORE (D-W.Va.), both of whom are also up for reelection in 2018.