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 CollinsFive takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing ObamaCare repeal faces last obstacle before House vote Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (Maine), voted against his confirmation, while two red-state Democrats, Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Senate confirms Trump's pick for Israel ambassador Senate Dems: We won't help pass additional health bills MORE (W.V.) and Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampOvernight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease Lawmakers share photos of their dogs in honor of National Puppy Day Senators war over Wall Street during hearing for Trump's SEC pick 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.