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 LoBiondoVan Drew-Kennedy race in NJ goes down to the wire Van Drew wins GOP primary in New Jersey Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew MORE (N.J.) is calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittTrump's relocation of the Bureau of Land Management was part of a familiar Republican playbook Understanding the barriers between scientists, the public and the truth Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden makes return to pre-Trump national monument boundaries official 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 CurbeloProtecting the freedom to vote should be a bipartisan issue Former lawmakers sign brief countering Trump's claims of executive privilege in Jan. 6 investigation A conservative's faith argument for supporting LGBTQ rights MORE (Fla.), Ileana Ros-lehtinen (Fla.) and Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHouse GOP leaders vow to end proxy voting despite widespread Republican use House GOP campaign arm rakes in 0M in 2021 JD Vance raises more than million in second fundraising quarter for Ohio Senate bid 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 TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case 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.