EPA considered leasing a private jet for Pruitt: report

EPA considered leasing a private jet for Pruitt: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly considered leasing a private jet for Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA bans use of pesticide linked to developmental problems in children Science matters: Thankfully, EPA leadership once again agrees Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump 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 PriceWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US 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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