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President Trump’s energy team is scheduled to be voted on next week after facing delays because of outstanding questions from Democrats over Trump’s nominee to lead the Energy Department, former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Wednesday that it will hold votes Tuesday after being forced to scrub votes earlier in the week ahead of Republican and Democratic retreats. It will vote on the nominations of Perry and Rep. Ryan Zinke, the Republican Montana lawmaker picked to lead the Interior Department.

The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, had questions over reports that Trump plans to eliminate the Energy Department’s energy efficiency and renewable energy offices, said a Democratic aide.

Perry told committee members at his confirmation hearing last week that he could not speak to the truth of those reports, but tried to downplay it as something akin to scuttlebutt. “Just because you see something on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true,” he told Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who raised concerns that Trump reportedly was considering slashing a number of offices at the Energy Department.

Perry said he would advocate for the Energy Department’s programs, “but I may not be 1,000 percent successful.” Other Democrats at the hearing pressed him on the issue, bringing up his 2011 statements when he ran for president and he vowed to close the Energy Department. Perry said he regretted making the past comments.

Cantwell wanted clarification from Perry in written responses on exactly what he would do on the Energy Department’s clean energy programs, which undergird former President Obama’s climate change agenda, said the aide.

The energy committee was scheduled to vote on the nomination of both Perry and Zinke on Tuesday. The votes were canceled without explanation Monday night by Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

A spokeswoman for Murkowski said the delay was due to “a miscommunication” between Murkowski and Cantwell but wouldn’t elaborate.

“She wants to start 2017 on a good footing with her ranking member … [and] hopes to be able to put a vote before the full committee very quickly,” spokeswoman Nicole Daigel said in an email.

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Aides said the soonest the vote would be held is Tuesday when Democrats and Republicans return from retreats in West Virginia and Philadelphia, respectively.

The Environment and Public Works Committee also could hold a vote on Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Democrats have deep reservations about the Pruitt nomination, more so than with Perry and Zinke. The top Democrat on the environment committee, Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, convened his own hearing on the Pruitt nomination Tuesday, hearing concerns from the environmentalists and American Indian tribes who oppose his confirmation.

Pruitt’s nomination “was likened in my community as putting Custer in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs because of the adverse way he has treated our people,” said Casey Camp-Horinek, councilwoman for the Ponca Tribe in Oklahoma, at Carper’s hearing. General George Armstrong Custer is noted for his exploits in fighting to suppress Indian uprisings in the West. He was killed at the Little Big Horn in Montana in what has become famously known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”

The hearing was not sanctioned by the committee’s Republican chairman Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming. Barrasso said Tuesday that Pruitt has answered all questions put to him by both parties and has participated fully in the confirmation process.

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“Attorney General Pruitt has had a very thorough confirmation process,” the chairman said. “At his nomination hearing, Mr. Pruitt answered significantly more questions than any past EPA administrator has. He has been comprehensively vetted and has demonstrated his qualifications to lead the EPA.”

On Wednesday, Barrasso announced that Pruitt had answered more than 1,000 written questions put to him after last week’s Jan. 18 hearing, when he answered more than 200 questions.

“Mr. Pruitt has thoughtfully responded to each and provided further evidence as to why he should be confirmed for administrator of the EPA,” Barrasso said.

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