WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent Women’s Voice (IWV), which fights for women and families by expanding support for policy that advances prosperity, freedom, and greater choices, released the following statement from President & CEO Heather R. Higgins following the Senate confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next leader of the Environmental Protection Agency:

“Attorney General Scott Pruitt knows that far-reaching environmental policies deserve the consideration of elected officials, who respect the voters, not the activism of radical bureaucrats, who are indifferent to or contemptuous of the very people whom they should be serving.”

“For the past eight years, the Obama administration has pursued a far-left anti-growth agenda at the expense of everyday Americans. The Environmental Protection Agency has cranked out around 4,000 regulations, taking a major toll on the U.S. economy. This regulatory spree hasn’t just affected big business; for American families, it has meant fewer jobs and significantly more expensive commodities, gasoline and utilities.”

“As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Attorney General Pruitt has battled executive-branch overreach, playing a central role in several states’ court challenge against the Clean Power Plan, which has already cost hundreds of jobs in traditional energy sectors and would raise household electricity bills by double digits in almost every state – something that may not bother regulators at the EPA, but which does bother many American households.”

“As the head of the EPA, we can trust that Attorney General Pruitt will restore balance to the EPA by working with the states—which are generally best equipped to address environmental and economic issues—to find ways to protect the environment while also safeguarding the economy and the interests of the American people.”