Keep the Pressure on to Block Scott Pruitt as Next EPA Administrator

By Karuna Jaggar Executive Director

Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

A few weeks ago, we urged you to contact the Senate committee holding Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing and tell them to do everything in their power to block Pruitt from leading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The pressure you, and thousands of other people, are putting on our elected representatives is working—today Democratic Senators blocked Pruitt’s nomination process by boycotting the confirmation vote. These Senators need to hear from us that we appreciate their efforts and encourage them to keep standing strong. And the other members of the committee need to hear from you that you still want them to oppose Pruitt’s nomination. You can read more about why we oppose Pruitt’s nomination here.

Starting today, please call members of this Committee in this order of priority:

  • If you live in a Committee member’s state—calls from constituents are very effective.
  • Call the Chair of the Committee regardless of where you live—the Chair is responsible for taking into account concerns about the Committee.
  • If you can, call all the members of the Committee—the more members in the Committee you speak to, the better!

Here are the Committee members who boycotted Pruitt’s vote:

  • Kamala Harris (D-CA) (202) 224-3553
  • Thomas Carper (D-DE) (202) 224-2441
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (202)-224-2854
  • Edward Markey (D-MA) (202)-224-2742
  • Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) (202) 224-4524
  • Cory Booker (D-NJ) (202) 224-3224
  • Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY) (202) 224-4451
  • Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (202) 224-3753
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (202) 224-2921
  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (202) 224-5141

Sample Call Script:

Hello, my name is [your name] and I am calling to thank [Senator’s name] for opposing Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and boycotting his confirmation vote. [If you vote in the Senator’s state, say: I am a constituent of {Senator’s name}].

I want [Senator’s name] to continue to do everything in their power to block Pruitt from leading the EPA. As someone [explain how you’ve been affected by breast cancer or why you care about the breast cancer epidemic], this issue is very important to me. Scientific evidence has long shown that numerous environmental exposures can increase our risk of breast cancer—and can even interfere with common breast cancer treatments.

Pruitt cannot be trusted to protect us from the toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer in our environment. His record shows that he is anti-science, pro-industry and ultimately puts corporate profit over public health. I urge Senator [Senator’s name] to stand up for women’s health and continue to fiercely oppose Pruitt’s nomination. Thank you.

Here are the Committee members who we still need to urge to oppose Pruitt:

  • Chair: John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, (202)-224-6441
  • Dan Sullivan (R-AK) (202) 224-3004
  • Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (202) 224-4124
  • John Boozeman (R-AR) (202) 224-4843
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA) (202) 224-3254
  • Jerry Moran (R-KS) (202) 224-6521
  • Roger Wicker (R-MS) (202) 224-6253
  • Deb Fischer (R-NE) (202) 224-6551
  • James Inhofe (R-OK) (202) 224-4721
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD) (202) 224-5842
  • Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) (202)-224-6472

Sample Call Script:

Hello, my name is [your name] and I am calling regarding the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. [If you vote in the Senator’s state, say: I am a constituent of {Senator’s name}].

I want [Senator’s name] to do everything in their power to block Pruitt from leading the EPA. As someone [explain how you’ve been affected by breast cancer or why you care about the breast cancer epidemic], this issue is very important to me. Scientific evidence has long shown that numerous environmental exposures can increase our risk of breast cancer—and can even interfere with common breast cancer treatments.

Pruitt cannot be trusted to protect us from the toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer in our environment. His record shows that he is anti-science, pro-industry and ultimately puts corporate profit over public health. I urge Senator [Senator’s name] to stand up for women’s health and oppose Pruitt’s nomination. Thank you.

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One Response to Keep the Pressure on to Block Scott Pruitt as Next EPA Administrator

  1. Liz M. says:

    Thanks for your organizing. I have found it difficult to contact members of congress who are not my reps because their DC phone and email systems are set up to block calls from non-constituents (they base it on your area code, I think) and if emailing, they all have those online contact forms that require a zip code. If you enter a zip code not in their district, they won’t accept an email. I did find some reps and senators that I could call in their district offices, however, to get past this screening.

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