GOP lawmaker calls on Pruitt to resign

GOP lawmaker calls on Pruitt to resign
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Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s GOP feuds dominate ahead of midterms Trump signs 7B annual defense policy bill into law The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts MORE (R-N.Y.) is calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Court orders EPA to enforce chemical safety rule | Dem says Zinke would 'sell' his grandkids for the oil industry | EPA reportedly poised to unveil climate rule replacement Court throws out EPA delay of Obama chemical plant safety rule The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) MORE to resign.

Stefanik is the third Republican lawmaker to ask Pruitt to leave amid a recent spate of scandals over an apartment he rented from a lobbyist and big raises he gave to two aides despite White House disapproval.

“Congresswoman Stefanik believes it’s in the best interest of the EPA for Mr. Pruitt to resign,” spokesman Tom Flanagin told The Hill on Thursday.


Stefanik first spoke about her desire for Pruitt to quite earlier Thursday at a constituent event, according to WTEN.

On Tuesday, Florida GOP Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloCook Political Report moves 4 GOP seats to 'toss-up' category GOP lawmaker: Every white suburban district in the country will be a swing district this year The Hill's Morning Report — Election Day drama for Trump MORE and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenHouse GOP starts summer break on a note of friction Rosenstein impeachment push divides House GOP leadership Key primaries in August will help shape midterms MORE called on Pruitt to resign or be fired.

Pruitt’s “corruption scandals are an embarrassment to the Administration, and his conduct is grossly disrespectful to American taxpayers. It's time for him to resign or for [Trump] to dismiss him,” Curbelo tweeted.

“I agree with my colleague, Carlos, that the EPA administrator should resign,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “When scandals and distractions overtake a public servant’s ability to function effectively, another person should fill that role.”

Like the other two lawmakers, Stefanik represents a very centrist district and has taken numerous positions at odds with the Trump administration on areas such as climate change and taxes.