House Dem amendment seeks to ensure Pruitt probes are completed

House Dem amendment seeks to ensure Pruitt probes are completed
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Two House Democrats have introduced an amendment that seeks to ensure the probes into former Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chief Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittZinke left some details off public calendar: report EPA watchdog faults ‘management weaknesses’ in Flint water crisis House completes first half of 2019 spending bills MORE are completed.

Under the amendment, the agency would be prohibited from completing any regulatory actions initiated by Pruitt until the investigations into him by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are done. The amendment comes under the House’s appropriations bill that would fund the EPA.

“Scott Pruitt’s self-dealing makes all swamp creatures blush. Throughout his tenure at the EPA he never missed an opportunity to exploit his public office for personal gain and the fact that Republicans looked the other way is shameful,” said Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyTrump EPA eases standards for coal ash disposal Overnight Energy: Fewer than half of school districts test for lead | Dems slam proposed changes to Endangered Species Act | FEMA avoids climate change when discussing plan for future storms Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog won’t drop Pruitt probes | Exxon leaves conservative advocacy group | Lawmakers offer changes to Endangered Species Act MORE (D-Va.), who introduced the proposed amendment along with Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).

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“Allowing the EPA inspector general to continue these investigations unimpeded is a step toward restoring accountability of the Trump cabinet.”

The full House is set to vote on its funding bill for the EPA and Interior Department next week. The House’s Rules Committee would have to declare the amendment from Connolly and Beyer to be “in order” before the House can vote on it.

Pruitt resigned last week amid unrelenting scrutiny for controversies regarding his spending, ethics and management at the agency. The ex-EPA head is under more than a dozen federal investigations.

The OIG, specifically, is looking into allegations that he improperly gave some aides raises, used aides to complete personal tasks like apartment hunting or finding his wife a job, and improperly spent more than $3.5 million in taxpayer money on security for himself.

The OIG is still considering whether to continue the probes after Pruitt’s ousting.