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Former Coal Lobbyist Confirmed as Pruitt’s Deputy at EPA Heitkamp and Manchin join Republicans on vote

Apr 13, 2018...The Senate has confirmed former fossil fuel lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as deputy EPA administrator, providing a second-in-command for Administrator Scott Pruitt as he struggles amid alleged ethical failings.

EPA Pesticide Approval Without Endangered Species Review in Farm Bill Environmental groups describe provision as an ‘unprecedented attack’

Apr 16, 2018...A provision in the 2018 farm bill would allow the EPA to approve pesticides without undertaking reviews now required to protect endangered species.

Whitehouse: EPA’s Pruitt Took Security Detail to Rose Bowl, Disneyland New information raises more questions about Trump administration officials’ spending of taxpayer money

Mar 30, 2018...Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has used EPA-funded security for personal trips, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wrote in a letter to the agency’s inspector general.

EPA Shouldn’t Have Paid for Pruitt’s Broken-Down Condo Door, McCollum Says Minnesota rep was there when security detail kicked in door after not being able to reach him

Apr 5, 2018...Rep. Betty McCollum has questions for the Environmental Protection Agency after it reimbursed the owners of a condo that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was renting for the cost of repairing a broken door.

GAO: Pruitt’s Pricey Privacy Booth Violated Federal Law Monday report states funds were not legally available

Apr 16, 2018...The EPA violated federal law when it paid more than $43,000 to install a soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt without first notifying congressional appropriators, the Government Accountability Office said.

EPA Ends Media Research Deal With GOP-Tied Firm Amid Complaints Whitehouse: ‘Powerful odor’ surrounds contract

Dec 21, 2017...A $120,000 no-bid contract the EPA awarded to a Republican-affiliated group to provide media monitoring services has been terminated after reports it was seeking emails of agency employees.

Complaint Against Crapo Over Controversial Condo Liberal watchdog group says Idaho senator didn’t report free use of condo that caused controversy for EPA’s Pruitt

Apr 20, 2018...A liberal watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Sen. Mike Crapo for fundraisers he held at the same condominium that caused controversy for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

Podcast: GOP Farm Bill Targets Food Stamps, Heads for House Vote CQ Budget, Episode 57

Apr 23, 2018...On the heels of Republican leaders calling for cuts to entitlement programs, a GOP-written farm bill is headed to the House for a vote, angering Democrats who charge they were left out of the process and as a result millions of low-income people could lose food aid. CQ agriculture reporter Ellyn Ferguson explains those dynamics.

EPA Moves to Repeal Climate Rule; Lawsuits to Follow With Clean Power Plan on the chopping block, environmental groups gear up to sue

Oct 11, 2017...The EPA’s move on Tuesday to undo the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule will almost certainly trigger an onslaught of lawsuits from environmental groups and many blue states that have been bracing for that action since President Donald Trump took office.

Dems Question Scott Pruitt Death Threats; Barrasso Rejects Hearing EPA chief's security concerns questioned

Apr 10, 2018...Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming said he will not hold oversight hearings to examine alleged ethical lapses by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, including on exorbitant spending on security.