Pruitt: 'This is a transformational time'

Pruitt: 'This is a transformational time'
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOn The Money: New financial disclosures provide glimpse of Trump's wealth | Walmart, Macy's say tariffs will mean price hikes | Consumer agency says Education Department blocking student loan oversight Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Lawmakers take EPA head to task for refusing to demand Pruitt repay travel expenses MORE told a conservative gathering Friday that he and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE are overseeing policy changes that will be felt for decades.

“This is a transformational time. There are certain times in history that when you’re living in them you recognize that what’s happening is going to impact generations into the future,” Pruitt told the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual Road To Majority conference.

“This is reminiscent of the 1980s. This is reminiscent of when [former President Ronald] Reagan was in office saying that we can do better for the American people,” he continued.

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“We must embrace, we must advance, we must make change.”

The embattled EPA chief did not mention any of the numerous spending and ethics controversies centering on him over recent months.

But one protester hid heckle Pruitt near the beginning of his speech with a large bottle of lotion, mocking him over a Washington Post report that he had his taxpayer-funded security detail drive him to numerous Ritz Carlton hotels to find a specific lotion he wanted.

Instead, Pruitt boasted about his aggressive deregulatory agenda, including actions to roll back major Obama administration rules on climate change, water pollution and air pollution.

“These are examples of us choosing to make sure that regulatory authority, once again, is not used to pick winners and losers,” he said.

“This administration recognizes that private property ownership and the states matter, and that they care about air quality and water quality. And that we can advance this jobs agenda at the same time that we improve the environment by engaging in partnership, as opposed to adversity.”