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Rep. Stefanik Becomes 3rd GOP Lawmaker To Call On Trump’s EPA Head To Resign Over Ethics Scandals

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Rep. Stefanik Becomes 3rd GOP Lawmaker To Call On Trump’s EPA Head To Resign Over Ethics Scandals




Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) has become the third Republican lawmaker to call on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign over mounting ethics scandals, including an apartment he rented from a lobbyist and massive raises he gave to two close 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.

On Tuesday, Florida GOP Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 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.”

The Hill added:

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.

And like Curbelo, Stefanik is likely to face a close reelection battle this year.




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