ICYMI: Inhofe Supports EPA Administrator Pruitt

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), continues to voice his support for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as reported in various news publications, including the Oklahoman, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The Oklahoman: 'We've got your back' Trump tells Scott Pruitt, who faces ethics controversies

… Still, Pruitt has supporters in Congress. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Tulsa Republican and political backer of Pruitt, said in a statement Tuesday that Pruitt “has been an effective member of the president's team” and “instrumental in carrying out President Trump's deregulatory agenda at the EPA. …”

The New York Times: For Scott Pruitt, a Spotlight Shines on His Ethics, Not His E.P.A. Rollbacks

… Some Republicans believe the E.P.A. chief’s efforts to roll back regulations will keep him in Mr. Trump’s good graces. “So far, his reforms are estimated to save taxpayers over $1 billion in deregulatory savings,” Senator James M. Inhofe, Mr. Pruitt’s fellow Oklahoma Republican, a senior member of the Senate environment committee and a longtime supporter of Mr. Pruitt’s, wrote in a statement. “He’s been an effective member of the president’s team and I look forward to continuing to work with him to restore the E.P.A. to its proper size and scope,” Mr. Inhofe wrote. …"

The Washington Post: EPA’s Scott Pruitt faces intensifying scrutiny, criticism of his ethics decisions

… Others came to his defense, including Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), a longtime supporter.

 “Administrator Pruitt has been instrumental in carrying out President Trump’s deregulatory agenda at the EPA,” Inhofe said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with him to restore the EPA to its proper size and scope. …”

Senator Inhofe’s full statement of support:

“Since being sworn in, Administrator Pruitt has been instrumental in carrying out President Trump’s deregulatory agenda at the EPA—ending the war on fossil fuels, repealing WOTUS, exiting the Paris Agreement and  announcing new fuel emissions standards. So far, his reforms are estimated to save taxpayers over $1 billion in deregulatory savings. He’s been an effective member of the President’s team and I look forward to continuing to work with him to restore the EPA to its proper size and scope.”