New Jersey lawmaker is fourth House Republican to call for Pruitt to resign

New Jersey lawmaker is fourth House Republican to call for Pruitt to resign

Rep. Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoLive coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — George H.W. Bush lies in state | NRCC suffers major hack | Crunch-time for Congress The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Washington poised to avert shutdown crisis, for now MORE (N.J.) is calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Dem senator expresses concern over acting EPA chief's 'speedy promotion' MORE to step down, becoming the fourth House Republican to do so.

LoBiondo, who is retiring from Congress, tweeted on Sunday that Pruitt was the "wrong fit" for the agency.

"Yes EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt should resign. Wrong fit from start for agency dedicated to protecting our environment. #EarthDay2018 reinforces our need to promote pristine planet via clean air & water, leaving it better for future generations. Requires leadership & balance," he tweeted.

Earlier this month GOP Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloEx-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax Hispanic Caucus boasts record membership in new Congress Chuck Todd says his show is 'not going to give time to climate deniers' MORE (Fla.), Ileana Ros-lehtinen (Fla.) and Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikLatest funding bill to reopen the government fails in House GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House On The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown MORE (N.Y.) also called for Pruitt to step down or be fired.

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The calls for Pruitt to vacate his position as EPA head come amid a flurry of reports on Pruitt's use of taxpayer money at the agency, including his decision to spend thousands building a soundproof booth in his office, and his repeated use of first-class travel. Pruitt has maintained that both expenses are necessary for privacy and security.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE has offered support for his Cabinet secretary, tweeting in early April that "Scott is doing a great job!"

Pruitt will be on Capitol Hill on Thursday testifying in front of two House committees on the EPA's budget. He is expected to get a number of questions related to his expenses and travel.