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Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Parson urges confirmation of two Trump nominees

Missouri Lt. Governor calls on U.S. Senate to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Scott Pruitt as EPA Director

(JEFFERSON CITY) – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson has urged members of the United States Senate to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He’s also encouraging nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans affairs.

“For the past eight years, the EPA with their frivolous regulations has been in an all-out war to destroy our way Of life. As a third generation Missouri farmer who actively works his land, I can tell you no one understands burdensome regulations more than Missourians,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson in a statement. “The people of Missouri spoke loud and clear, they wish to be left alone, to run their own lives, and I would not be your Lieutenant Governor today if Missourians thought otherwise,” Parson said.

Lieutenant Governor Parson joins a growing coalition of Missouri lawmakers in supporting Attorney General Pruitt as the next EPA director including Senator Gary Romine and Representative Scott Fitzpatrick, who have filed Senate Resolution 28 and House Resolution 12 respectively urging the Senate to confirm Pruitt. “My colleagues and I represent constituents who make their living tending the land and raising animals. It’s time for Missourians to thrive, and I will do all I can to roll back these disastrous regulations and help Missourians thrive again,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson.

In letters to both senators, Lieutenant Governor Parson urged confirmation of Dr. Shulkin. “As a U.S. Army veteran and an advocate for Missouri’s veterans, I believe Dr. Shulkin not only to be knowledgeable on veteran issues, but also possess the skills needed to move the department forward in a positive direction,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “Dr. Shulkin is a proven leader with the expertise and integrity to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Parson said.

Lieutenant Governor Parson emphasized Dr. Shulkin’s accomplishments in the private sector and in government which include working with both political parties to fight corruption, cutting the number of veterans waiting for urgent care from 57,000 to 600, and having taught at major universities. “Our incoming president has a clear and succinct goal to make America great again. Dr. Shulkin will be a superb example of that credo not only for our country but for our veterans,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson.

Parson was sworn in as Missouri’s 47th Lieutenant Governor on January 9th . The Lieutenant Governor is the second highest constitutional office in Missouri with executive and legislative responsibilities.

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