02/02/2017 11:03 am ET

Senate Democrats Are Still Boycotting Vote On Trump's EPA Nominee

Republicans are expected to move the nominee to a floor vote anyway.

Joshua Roberts / Reuters
Senate Democrats are boycotting a vote on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. 

WASHINGTON ― Senate Democrats are still boycotting a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.

Democrats on the Energy and Public Works Committee boycotted the committee vote on Wednesday, citing concerns that the nominee had not adequately responded to their questions. The meeting was continued into Thursday, but Democrats are still boycotting.

Republicans on the committee are expected to suspend the rules and approve his nomination anyway, sending it to the Senate floor.

Pruitt is the attorney general of Oklahoma and has been an outspoken opponent of environmental regulations, describing himself as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”