Hawaii Congresswoman Gabbard calls for resignation of EPA Administrator Pruitt

April 19, 2018
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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and a coalition of 170 Congress members are calling on embattled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to step down.

The coalition, consisting of 131 representatives and 39 senators, introduced a joint resolution on Wednesday, in which it expressed "no confidence" in Pruitt and called for his "immediate resignation."

Lawmakers pointed to Pruitt's failure of carrying out the agency's mission, his alleged misuse of taxpayer money and his disregard of ethics, among other things, for introducing the resolution.

"The mission of the EPA is ‘to protect human health and the environment.’ To do so, the Agency needs to be led by someone who is committed to fulfilling that mission," Gabbard, who represents Hawaii 2nd congressional district, said in a statement. "Administrator Pruitt has failed to live up to that standard – wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars and putting corporate profits before the well-being of the American people and our environment. We need an EPA leader who is dedicated to carrying out its mission, and who is accountable to the people of this country.”

In the resolution, signed entirely by Democrats, Gabbard and her colleagues urge President Donald Trump to replace Pruitt with an individual who "will be committed to the fulfillment of the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency and who is able to fully and faithfully discharge the public duties entrusted to the office."

Pruitt, who has led the EPA since Feb. 17, 2017, has come under fire in recent weeks after reports have raised questions about his ethics and spending.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Wednesday that his office will investigate Pruitt's alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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