O'Halleran Renews Call for Resignation or Firing of EPA Administrator
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) renewed his call for the resignation or firing of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after another week of revelations about his abuse of taxpayer dollars and his appointed position.
“Not only is Mr. Pruitt wasting the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people on lavish flights, overtime for his around-the-clock security detail, and a $43,000 soundproof phonebooth – among other things – he is now using his staff members for personal tasks and abusing his role as a government official to get his wife a new job. It is completely unacceptable,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “His blatant disregard for ethics and transparency as EPA administrator is the very definition of swampy, and he should be ashamed. It is long past time for him to step down, or President Trump should take action and fire him.”
This week, news reports revealed that Mr. Pruitt’s staff ordered a set of 12 pens for more than $1,500 and a set of journals for more than $1,600. It was also reported that he directed government employees to do his personal errands, including seeking a used mattress from Trump Hotel. Today, it came to light that he used his role as a government official to try and secure a Chik-fil-A franchise opportunity for his wife.
In addition to these revelations, Mr. Pruitt has also received courtside basketball tickets courtesy of a coal industry executive, rented a Washington, DC condo from a lobbyist under market value, and used his taxpayer-funded security detail for trips to Disneyland and Italy.
Last year, Rep. O’Halleran introduced the Taxpayers Don't Incur Meaningless Expenses (DIME) Act to ensure no taxpayer money is spent on government air travel that violates rules applied to senior federal officials, increases transparency and oversight of government travel, and calls for the independent Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to report on ways to strengthen existing rules.