Scott Pruitt

Capitol Ink | Swampproof Booth

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Oppose Farm Bill, Balanced Budget Amendment, Rescissions
Minority leader pens Dear Colleague letter on 'what challenges lie ahead'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is urging her colleagues to oppose the farm bill and a balanced budget amendment measure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi welcomed her Democratic colleagues back from a two-week spring recess with a “Dear Colleague” letter urging them to oppose several upcoming pieces of legislation. 

Included in Pelosi’s list was the farm bill reauthorizing agriculture programs, which is typically a bipartisan measure. But Republicans this year have been pushing to add work requirements to food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. 

Capitol Ink | Swamp Thing

Senate Preview: DeVos and Price Face Skeptical Dems

Despite the Trappings, Holiday Spirit 2016 Looks Iffy
A pause and a little humility are all that’s needed

Police stand guard at July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. During the holidays, people should entertain the idea that those on the opposite side politically may have a point and be worthy of respect, writes Mary C. Curtis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since they usually jump-start around Thanksgiving, we are well into the time of Frosty and Rudolph and Tiny Tim fronting animated specials, annual favorites and tinsel-soaked movies of the week that end with the battling protagonists making up under the mistletoe.

Do we believe in Santa? I have to get back to you on that one. But I do have my favorites, all with the theme of redemption: Charlie Brown’s taunting gang recognizing the beauty of his scrawny tree; old Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim in the best version) waking up on Christmas morning, amazed that he indeed has time to be a good man, and, of course, the Grinch with his Grinchy small heart growing three sizes.

Capitol Ink | EPA Rollbacks

Dismantling Obama Climate Plan Won’t be Easy for Trump’s EPA Pick Pruitt
Obama’s Clean Power Plan could withstand Trump administration challenges

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on Wednesday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, may find it difficult to deregulate many of President Barack Obama’s climate protection initiatives. 

Though a Republican Congress could overturn some of Obama’s last-minute “midnight” regulations with a simple majority vote, longer standing rules like the Clean Power Plan could prove tougher to cut, according to Reuters