Senators just sent a veiled message to EPA chief Scott Pruitt: Follow ethics rules

A Senate subcommittee on Thursday voiced unanimous support for a measure that called attention to the scandals that have engulfed the Environmental Protection Agency and its administrator, Scott Pruitt.

Until now, Republicans have rarely sought to draw attention to Pruitt’s scandals, including during his appearances on the Hill. But following a report that Pruitt had an EPA aide tap Republican donors to find a job for his wife, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told Reuters that he wants Pruitt to address the steady flow of news reports in a hearing.

Sen. Joni Ernst tweeted that she supports Inhofe’s call for a hearing. Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, has sparred with Pruitt for months over his efforts to change a federal program that could negatively impact the farmers in her state who supply corn for biofuels.

A spokesman for Sen. John Barrasso, chair of the Senate environment committee, also told Reuters the Wyoming Republican plans to ask Pruitt to testify before year’s end.

Pruitt is also losing support among conservative media. On Wednesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham and the National Review called for Pruitt to step down.

President Donald Trump has so far refused to fire Pruitt, who is spearheading his administration’s efforts to role back Obama-era environmental regulations.

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