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Grassley to host meeting with Pruitt, Midwest senators

By Erin Voegele | January 04, 2017

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has announced plans to host a meeting on Jan. 5 with Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. EPA, and senators from states with significant jobs and investments in biofuels.

In early December, Trump nominated Pruitt to serve as administrator of the EPA. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Pruitt currently serves as the attorney general of Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to his election as attorney general, Pruitt served eight years in the Oklahoma senate. His biography posted to the Oklahoma Office of Attorney General website states he is a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” Pruitt has been criticized by the environmental community for being a climate change denier and has fought implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

According to Grassley’s office, confirmed attendees to the meeting include Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa’ Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; and Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Grassley is expected to issue a statement after the meeting.