Grassley may seek EPA head Pruitt's resignation over ethanol

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2018

Politico reported in March that the EPA administrator had spent more than $105,000 on first-class flights, in addition to $58,000 spent to charter private and military planes.

"I'm being asked, really constantly asked, to comment on security and on housing and on travel".

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior Environment and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday

During hearings last month, Pruitt, who was confirmed February 17, 2017, justified his security spending by citing threats he had received since taking office.

EPA's inspector general revealed earlier this week that Pruitt requested and received 24-hour security beginning his first day in office.

"EPA's Protective Service Detail handles security decisions and this particular decision was made before Administrator Pruitt arrived at EPA", agency spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in an email. Tom Udall of New Mexico, has known as for Pruitt to resign and said Tuesday that he'll "maintain Pruitt accountable for his unethical conduct" in Wednesday's listening to.

Despite the mounting investigations into Pruitt's actions, President Donald Trump has said he still supports his EPA chief.

Trump told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting last week that he had made a decision to do so by expanding sales of high-ethanol gasoline called E15, counting ethanol exports toward annual volumes quotas, and cutting back the use of waivers, according to a source briefed on the meeting. He then read aloud a threat posted on Twitter previous year by a man who said he planned to shoot Pruitt and who was later determined by investigators to be in India.

Several Democrats on the subcommittee, including Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Patrick Leahy, have called for Pruitt's resignation. The senior senator called "silly" Pruitt's claims he needed to fly in first class after unpleasant interactions with other travelers. "We want environmental protections that work".

As Pruitt left the hearing room, protesters trailed him through the halls of the Senate office building shouting "Mr. Pruitt, you should be fired!" and "You should be ashamed, Mr. Pruitt".

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