Dem’s bill would ‘honor’ Pruitt by increasing penalties for corruption

Dem’s bill would ‘honor’ Pruitt by increasing penalties for corruption
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A House Democrat wants to “honor” the legacy of former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA knows this pesticide is dangerous, so why did it reverse the ban? Archives investigation finds no ‘secret' Pruitt calendars existed California has sued the Trump administration 46 times. Here are the lawsuits MORE by increasing penalties for personal use of public resources.

Rep. Ted Lieu’s bill, the E. Scott Pruitt Accountability for Government Officials Act of 2018, would subject senior government officials to up to five years in prison if they use their public office for private gain, as Pruitt was accused of doing before his resigned in July.

“A proclivity for corruption feels like a prerequisite for a cabinet position in the Trump administration,” Lieu said in a WEdnesday statement.

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“The Executive Branch isn’t some get rich quick scheme, but many Trump cabinet officials sure act like it. The drip, drip, drip of grifting from Trump’s appointees is corroding our Democracy by undermining faith in our institutions.”

Lieu’s bill would “help ensure that cabinet officials and other senior public servants can’t use their public office for personal gain,” he said.

“Thank you to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE, as well as former and current Trump Administration officials like EPA Administrator Pruitt, [Health and Human Services Secretary] Secretary Price and Senior White House Advisor Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFive things to know about Trump confidant Tom Barrack Dems open new front against Trump Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia MORE, for their trailblazing work to deepen our understanding of the many types of public corruption,” Lieu continued, listing some of the current and former administration officials accused of misusing public resources.

The allegations against Pruitt included spending more than $100,000 on first-class flights, enlisting his staff and security guards to carry out personal tasks for him and assigning staffers to find his wife a job.

Meanwhile, Price stepped down last year after he was accused of improperly using taxpayer funds for charter flights.