EPA chief faces sharp criticism from Democratic lawmakers

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the agency's budget.
2:45 | 05/16/18

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Administrator pru and it's hard to know. Where to begin this morning every day there seems to be a new scandal and knew it dead center. It's clear that I've had policy disagreements with view from the beginning. And that I'll post your nomination. So it should come as no surprise when I called on mute to resign. What is surprising however is the breath of voices. Who agree with me that your leadership at the EPA is disastrous. Administrator I hear constantly. From vermonters Republicans and Democrats alike. About any seemingly endless stream. Controversies at the EPA. Strumming an update your personal fundamental mission shouldn't be undermine the very mission. The agency you or pointedly. But the embarrassments is scandals are right continues to the pattern putting. Personal special interest as the well being an American people. You're toxic agenda make United States more polluted less save. His extended beyond it environmental policy. And actually affected the conference the American people who should have. In their government. Your tenure at the EPA is habit trail of the American people. You have used your office to enrich yourself at the expense of the American taxpayer and public health. And such abuses have led to several investigations. The EPA inspector general is investigating yours or your luxury travel. Your trips back to Oklahoma for football games your cut rate Condo renal from a lobbyist. Your extensive use of clean drinking water programs to promote your political advisors. And how one of your closest advisors was paid despite not showing up for work for three months. The mission and EPA is simple. Which protect human health and environment. Not to protect industry friends. Pretty of friends from Oklahoma ten's of thousands of dollars. Didn't pay raises in defiance of the White House not to put polluters for. Where you travel first class around the world. Incidentally. Vermont is similar but he solely reason you have to fly first class. Because. Of a danger to humans who proved first class. He's a nobody even know who you are. And then you go in there or somebody might criticize you got security people there would never seen before. But you have to fly first class. Oh come on.

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