ATR President Grover Norquist issued the following statement today in praise of President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“Americans for Tax Reform supports Donald Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. Pruitt will ensure American taxpayers and businesses are no longer subject to abusive EPA overreach and unconstitutional regulatory diktats.”

“Under President Obama the EPA is a political agency which uses arbitrary permitting delays, litigation, and red tape as a federal road block to economic investment and job creation. Since 2009 the EPA has published nearly 4,000 new rules and regulations that threaten millions of American’s livelihoods and the prosperity of our country.

“As Attorney General of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt has been a champion of the rule of law, the free market, and limited government. He has worked to protect American taxpayers and businesses from an out-of-control EPA and an ever increasing regulatory burden.

“I know Mr. Pruitt will continue this great work as head of the EPA, and ATR looks forward to working with him and President-elect Trump to begin undoing the economic damage of the EPA under President Obama.”

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