EPA considered leasing a private jet for Pruitt: report

EPA considered leasing a private jet for Pruitt: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly considered leasing a private jet for Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA employees push 'bill of rights' to protect scientific integrity EPA's independent science board questions underpinnings of numerous agency rollbacks Overnight Energy: Rate of new endangered species listings falls | EPA approves use of 'cyanide bombs' to protect livestock | Watchdog says EPA didn't conduct required analyses MORE's travels last year. 

A private jet company gave Pruitt's aides a cost estimate of $100,000 per month, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

The aides reportedly decided not to go through with the plan because of the high cost.

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Pruitt has been under scrutiny for his travel habits, specifically his use of first-class travel for agency business. It was revealed that Pruitt spent more than $105,000 on first-class airline travel in his first year as administrator. 

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in a statement to the Post that "this is not news."

“EPA’s [chief financial officer] regularly receives solicitations for this type of travel, we did our due diligence, found it was not as cost efficient and continued to fly commercial," Wilcox said.

Pruitt’s aides were reportedly considering the arrangements before Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Isakson talks up bipartisanship in Senate farewell speech Hundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia MORE stepped down as head of Health and Human Services after he was discovered to have used department funds to pay for chartered planes.

The news comes as Pruitt faces scrutiny after he was recently found to have paid the wife of an energy lobbyist $50 a day for a condo in Washington, D.C.

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