Kaptur told her committee colleagues that "taxpayers entrust us to spend their money wisely, and I can not imagine there are many of our citizens who think that $130 vanity pens are worthy investments". Outside he's being attacked very viciously by the press.
Pruitt is now facing multiple inquiries from ethics watchdogs, federal auditors and congressional committees into his actions at the agency. Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Government Operations. Pruitt also used agency employees to help him find housing in Washington, and previously has faced criticism for an unusual arrangement in which he rented a room from the wife of a lobbyist who worked with the EPA but paid only for nights he slept in the Capitol Hill apartment. "Administrator Pruitt has certainly done just that", wrote Rep. Don Beyer in a letter to the FBI and Justice Department, which requests an investigation into Pruitt.
In addition, Beyer is asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look at the condo deal Pruitt made with a lobbyist's wife, securing a $50-per-night below-market-rate room for himself while in Washington. "I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith", Pruitt said in a TV interview on Wednesday.
EPA travel vouchers also show Pruitt charged taxpayers last September for a $1,210 one-way flight and $669 in hotel costs to appear at a conference of a New York City-based nonprofit, Concordia. The senators asked EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr.to investigate the agency's compliance with open-records laws in the matter.
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The lawmakers' letter also notes Pruitt's contact a year ago with the leader of a NY nonprofit on his wife's behalf.
You can hear Pruitt in the video (via NBC) commenting on how "here we are talking about free speech, religious liberty, and folks won't let you engage in it at times" as the protester is escorted out.
An EPA spokesperson told the Daily Beast, "EPA will not be commenting on anonymous sources who are working to distract Americans from Administrator Pruitt's accomplishments on regulatory certainty and environmental stewardship".