EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head

EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head
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The Environmental Protection Agency broke its silence on Twitter on Friday for the first time since President Trump took office, tweeting out congratulations to its new administrator, Scott Pruitt.

"We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA," the agency said.

Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, was confirmed on Friday by a 52-46 vote. Only one Republican, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits Schumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly MORE (Maine), voted against his confirmation, while two red-state Democrats, Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDems struggle with abortion litmus test Senators push 'cost-effective' reg reform Congress nears deal on help for miners MORE (W.V.) and Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampDems struggle with abortion litmus test Lawmakers reintroduce online sales tax bills Overnight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality MORE (N.D.), voted in his favor.

The EPA congratulatory message came a day after The New York Times reported that agency employees were calling their senators to urge them to vote against Pruitt, who sued the environmental agency more than a dozen times as Oklahoma's top law enforcement official.

That reported backlash from agency employees suggested that Pruitt could face stern internal opposition in his new post, according to the Times.

Government Twitter accounts regularly tweeted unflatteringly about Trump at the start of his administration. Soon after, Trump's staff ordered some government accounts to stop tweeting.

As a presidential candidate, Trump vowed to roll back environmental rules and regulations and expressed a desire to abolish the EPA.