Boxer, Whitehouse and Two Other Senators Call on EPA Head to Resign

A group of four senators led by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Sen. Boxer fires back at Sanders aide: 'He wasn't there' Sanders aide questions Boxer's story about fearing for her safety MORE (D-Calif.) are calling for the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson, saying that he gave misleading testimony to a Senate committee.

Johnson told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January that he had denied a waiver to California that would have allowed it to enact its own fuel efficiency standards because the state failed to meet necessary criteria. But Boxer and three other senators said Wednesday that Johnson's testimony conflicted with that of an aide, who said that the waiver was denied partly because President Bush opposed it.

Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Envionment and Public Works Committee, had supported the California standards, which are stricter than federal ones. She again chastised Johnson Tuesday for his decision.

"He has become a secretive and dangerous ally of polluters, and we cannot stand by and allow more damage to be done," she said in a statement. "We have lost all confidence in Stephen Johnson's ability to carry out EPA's mission in accordance with the law. I call on Administrator Johnson to immediately resign his position."

Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Lobbying World Dem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts MORE (D-Minn.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Honor Frank Lautenberg by protecting our kids Senators take aim at 'armies of zombie computers' MORE (D-R.I.), and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) joined Boxer's call for Johnson to step down.

The four Democrats and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Clinton, Sanders in a dead heat in Calif. Trump: I’d ‘love’ to debate Sanders for charity An oversight board can work in Puerto Rico, but not the one in Promesa bill MORE (I-Vt.) have also asked for a federal probe into whether Johnson's testimony was false or misleading. Download their letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey here.

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