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"I was also stunned by her apparent lack of knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - a federal law that requires schools across the nation to equitably educate students with disabilities", said Duckworth.

The Biloxi congressman is a co-sponsor of what is basically the one-sentence House resolution "to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency" with fellow Republicans Rep. Thomas Massie, of the 4th District in Kentucky and Rep. Barry Loudermilk of the 11th Georgia District. A coalition of almost two-dozen conservative advocacy groups has backed his nomination, insisting that Pruitt has "demonstrated his commitment to upholding the Constitution and ensuring the EPA works for American families and consumers". "However, every EPA administrator has a fundamental obligation to act in the public's interest based on current law and the best available science". "Pruitt's record raises serious questions about whose interests he has served to date and whether he agrees with the longstanding tenets of USA environmental law".

Senator Brown's decision to oppose Scott Pruitt for the EPA followed Mr. Pruitt's hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week.

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But as the quote above makes clear, the thrust is really on placing jobs before the environment, so even if all states did have the necessary resources, it is clear that many states do not have the dedication or the will to protect our environment.

Pruitt's nomination was passed onto the full Senate last week. Monday's letter from former EPA officials recalls a scathing quote from William K. Reilly, who was head of the agency under President George H.W. Bush.

Pruitt now serves as the Attorney General of Oklahoma.

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Around 30 employees at EPA's Chicago office joined a protest organized by the Sierra Club and the American Federation of Government Employees to protest Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination.

Elsewhere in the Republican administration, Rep. Matt Gaetz would like to see the EPA gutted entirely. More than 100 people showed up for the event, carrying signs that read, "Save the EPA", "Science is Real" and "We want clean air and clean water!" Republicans quickly changed the rules to quash the boycott, and voted unanimously to endorse Pruitt.

"Pruitt's record and public statements strongly suggest that he does not agree with the underlying principles of our environmental laws", they wrote. While Gaetz is confident that environmental regulatory power would simply shift to the states if the EPA is disbanded, legal experts told the News Journal that might not be the case.

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