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Legislator Coalition Letter Supporting EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

April 20, 2018

The Heartland Institute has written a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to defend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt against orchestrated attacks by his political enemies.

April 20, 2018


The Honorable Donald Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear Mr. President:

We write to express our sincere gratitude for your principled leadership in working with the states to lead the country, and truly appreciate an Administration that listens to state leaders and views us as allies rather than adversaries. We commend you for the America First Energy Plan, which has eased the burden of federal regulations under the direction of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and put the United States back on a path of energy dominance in the world. Coupled with tax cuts, these actions have spurred the bold economic growth and job creation that will be a main pillar of your legacy.

Administrator Pruitt deserves high praise for restoring cooperative federalism to the agency and partnering with the states instead of ignoring or admonishing us. He reversed the Clean Power Plan that was an unconstitutional commandeering of the states, ended the overreach of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, and is clearing the backlog of State Implementation Plans that many states submitted to the previous administration yet on which no action was taken. Pruitt has also ended “secret science” and “sue and settle” at EPA, and canceled unworkable CAFE standards that produce vehicles that the free market should direct and science doesn’t demand. This is a positive record of reform unmatched by any of his predecessors – and indeed, it is a vital correction after decades of overreach and abuse of power by the EPA, often at the states’ expense.

Precisely because of Pruitt’s record of leadership, radical environmentalists and their mainstream media friends are trying to force him out of office. This is yet another example of selective outrage by those you defeated in your election. While Pruitt is accused of conflicts of interest, the real conflicts at the EPA involved scientific advisors to the agency who were simultaneously receiving EPA grant money – another crooked tactic Pruitt has corrected. This whole ordeal is nothing more than an orchestrated political campaign by your enemies to undermine the deregulatory progress and economic growth your administration has fostered.

We urge you to stand strong and defend your EPA Administrator Pruitt against these attacks. You know better than anyone that if the Swamp wins, Americans lose. We thank you for your consideration of our views, which are shared by millions of Americans who admire your leadership and count on you to stand up for their interests and your appointments.

Sincerely,

Paul Mosley
State Representative
Arizona

Jason Dockter
State Representative
North Dakota

Ralph Watts
State Representative
Iowa

David Wilson
State Representative
Connecticut

Al Carlson
State Representative Majority Leader
North Dakota

Rick Becker
State Representative
North Dakota

Roscoe Streyle
State Representative
North Dakota

Jeff Delzer
State Representative
North Dakota

Marc Abear
State Representative
New Hampshire

Vern Laning
State Representative
North Dakota

Roger Brabandt
State Representative
North Dakota

Eric Redman
State Representative
Idaho

Scott Louser
State Representative
North Dakota

Chuck Damschen
State Representative
North Dakota

Brian Greene
State Representative
Utah

Dennis Powers
State Representative
Tennessee

Dick Anderson
State Representative
North Dakota

Jim Grueneich
State Representative
North Dakota

Craig Johnson
State Representative
North Dakota

Bernie Satrom
State Representative
North Dakota

Warren Miller
State Delegate
Maryland

Kim Koppelman
State Representative
North Dakota

Linda Runbeck
State Representative
Minnesota

Brandi Pyle
State Representative
North Dakota

Anne Copp
State Representative
New Hampshire

Michael Howe
State Representative
North Dakota

Christopher Olson
State Representative
North Dakota

Don Vigessa
State Representative
North Dakota

Jon O. Nelson
State Representative
North Dakota

Sage G. Dixon
State Representative
Idaho

Ben Koppelman
State Representative
North Dakota

Daniel Johnston
State Representative
North Dakota

Gary Staples
State Representative
Mississippi

Jeff Thompson
State Representative
Idaho

Andrew Marschall
State Representative
North Dakota

Sebastian Ertelt
State Representative
North Dakota

Mark Owens
State Representative
North Dakota

Kathy Skroch
State Representative
North Dakota

Michael Vose
State Representative
New Hampshire

Bill Taylor
State Representative
South Carolina

Gary Paur
State Representative
North Dakota

Randy Boehning
State Representative
North Dakota

Wayne Trottier
State Representative
North Dakota

Michael Brandenburg
State Representative
North Dakota

Nathan Wadsworth
State Representative
Maine

Jay Siebel
State Representative
North Dakota

Jeffery Magrum
State Representative
North Dakota

Nathan Toman
State Representative
North Dakota

Scott Syme
State Representative
Idaho

Luke Simons
State Representative
North Dakota

Chet Pollert
State Representative
North Dakota

Kurt Wuelper
State Representative
New Hampshire

Mark Neuman
State Representative
Alaska

Mike Schatz
State Representative
North Dakota

Craig Headland
State Representative
North Dakota

Shannon Roers Jones
State Representative
North Dakota

Mike Nathe
State Representative
North Dakota

Vicky Steiner
State Representative
North Dakota

Karen Rohr
State Representative
North Dakota

Dan Lauwers
State Representative
Michigan

Jim Schmidt 
State Representative
North Dakota

Larry Bellew
State Representative
North Dakota

Pat Heinert
State Representative
North Dakota

Dan Ruby
State Representative
North Dakota

John Piscopo
State Representative
Connecticut

Keith Kempenich
State Representative
North Dakota

Randy Schobinger
State Representative
North Dakota

Rich Wardner
State Senator Majority leader
North Dakota

Sondra Erickson
State Representative
Minnesota

Andre Cushing
State Senator
Maine

Matthew Ruby
State Representative
North Dakota

Brad Bekkedahl
State Senator
North Dakota

Jonathan Kinney
State Representative
Maine

Mary Kiffmeyer
State Senator
Minnesota

Tom Kading
State Representative
North Dakota

Oley Larsen
State Senator
North Dakota

Rob Sampson
State Representative
Connecticut

Jordan Kannianen
State Senator
North Dakota

Jim Kasper
State Representative
North Dakota

Dan Hall
State Senator
Minnesota

Jake Blum
State Representative
North Dakota

Randall Burckhard
State Senator
North Dakota

Robin Weisz
State Representative
North Dakota

Janne Myrdal
State Senator
North Dakota

Charles Poindexter
State Delegate
Virginia

Mary Franson
State Senator
Minnesota

David Farnsworth
State Senator
Arizona

Jerry Klein
State Senator
North Dakota

David Clemens
State Senator
North Dakota

Dick Dever
State Senator
North Dakota

Tom Campbell
State Senator
North Dakota

Jessica Unruh
State Senator
North Dakota

Angela Hill
State Senator
Mississippi

Kelly Armstrong
State Senator
North Dakota

Arne Osland
State Senator
North Dakota

Margaret Dayton
State Senator
Utah

Gary A. Lee
State Senator
North Dakota

David Hogue
State Senator
North Dakota

Robert Erbele
State Senator
North Dakota

Bill Cook
State Senator
North Carolina

Mary Pilcher-Cook
State Senator
Kansas

Kyle Davison
State Senator
North Dakota

Terry Wanzek
State Senator
North Dakota

Curt Kruen
State Senator
North Dakota

Diane Larson
State Senator
North Dakota

Ronald Sorvaag
State Senator
North Dakota

Donald Schaible
State Senator
North Dakota

Jim Roers
State Senator
North Dakota

Shelley Hughes
State Senator
Alaska

Ray Holmberg 
State Senator
North Dakota

Dennis Linthicum
State Senator
Oregon

Shawn Vedaa
State Senator
North Dakota

Scott Meyer
State Senator
North Dakota

 
   
Author
Tim Huelskamp is the president and CEO of The Heartland Institute.
thuelskamp@heartland.org @CongHuelskamp