Justice Alito Participates in the Swearing-In of the Administr...
Join us LIVE as Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito participates in the swearing-in of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt.Posted by The White House on Friday, February 17, 2017
The White House on Facebook: Justice Samuel Alito participates in the swearing-in of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt
A Republican who has battled tribes on sovereignty and other issues is now in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's former attorney general, was sworn in as Administrator of the EPA on Friday afternoon. He was cleared for the post earlier in the day by the Senate in a party-line vote of 52 to 47. Just one Democrat supported his nomination. "I look forward to working with the dedicated employees on our shared vision to protect our environment for future generations," Pruitt said in a message on Facebook after he was given the oath of office by Justice Samuel Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court. But while Pruitt's official EPA biography touts his work on a tribal water rights settlement back in Oklahoma, tribal advocates say he has a bad track record when it comes to their issues. He's fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts, even going so far as to tell the Supreme Court that tribes lack authority over non-Indians. "Scott Pruitt was the guy who filed a brief against us," John Dossett, the general counsel for National Congress of American Indians, said at the organization's winter session in Washington, D.C., last Tuesday, in reference to Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a tribal jurisdiction case that ended in a dramatic yet anti-climactic tie before the Supreme Court last year. "Scott Pruitt does not have a strong record of working with tribes at all," Dossett said.