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GOP lawmaker calls on Pruitt to resign

GOP lawmaker calls on Pruitt to resign
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Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Canadian ambassador calls for close coordination in handling of US border Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision MORE (R-N.Y.) is calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOklahoma AG resigns following news of divorce, alleged affair Court sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues Scientific integrity, or more hot air? MORE to resign.

Stefanik is the third Republican lawmaker to ask Pruitt to leave amid a recent spate of scandals over an apartment he rented from a lobbyist and big raises he gave to two aides despite White House disapproval.

“Congresswoman Stefanik believes it’s in the best interest of the EPA for Mr. Pruitt to resign,” spokesman Tom Flanagin told The Hill on Thursday.

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Stefanik first spoke about her desire for Pruitt to quite earlier Thursday at a constituent event, according to WTEN.

On Tuesday, Florida GOP Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloBiden's corporate tax hike is bad for growth — try a carbon tax instead Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women House Democrats call on Republicans to return Marjorie Taylor Greene donation MORE and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Bottom line Bottom line MORE called on Pruitt to resign or be fired.

Pruitt’s “corruption scandals are an embarrassment to the Administration, and his conduct is grossly disrespectful to American taxpayers. It's time for him to resign or for [Trump] to dismiss him,” Curbelo tweeted.

“I agree with my colleague, Carlos, that the EPA administrator should resign,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “When scandals and distractions overtake a public servant’s ability to function effectively, another person should fill that role.”

Like the other two lawmakers, Stefanik represents a very centrist district and has taken numerous positions at odds with the Trump administration on areas such as climate change and taxes.