GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo Calls for EPA Chief Scott Pruitt to Resign

David Shulkin no longer leading the VA

David Shulkin no longer leading the VA

"When scandals and distractions overtake a public servant's ability to function effectively, another person should fill that role", the congresswoman said in a statement provided to HuffPost.

While both are Republicans, the two Florida lawmakers have previously broken with the Trump administration for their handling of climate change issues, and Ros-Lehtinen criticized Pruitt's handling of climate change over the past year.

Curbelo represents a politically balanced district where Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJill McCabe responds to husband's firing: Attacks on our family "false and utterly absurd" Trump leads Kasich, Flake among likely NH GOP voters Mueller investigating whether Roger Stone met with Assange: report MORE won by 16 points.

"EPA Administrator Pruitt's decision to begin rolling back fuel economy standards is a victory for big oil and major corporations at the expense of American consumers and clean air for our kids", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. Pruitt actually paid a total of $6,100 over the six-month period he leased the condo, an average of about $1,000 a month. As first reported by ABC News last week, Pruitt rented a single bedroom in a Capitol Hill townhouse partly owned by Vicki Hart, the wife of energy lobbyist J. Steven Hart.

Curbelo did not return a request for an interview on Tuesday afternoon.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox has said the arrangement was not a gift and the lease was "consistent with federal ethics regulations". The President told Pruitt: "we've got your back" and "keep fighting", the AP reported on Tuesday.

"I don't know how you survive this one", former New Jersey governor and ABC News contributor Chris Christie told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.

Springer leads off for Astros with homer
Verlander is now 10-1 in the regular season since being acquired by the Astros from Detroit in a trade-deadline deal on August 31. Hinch said he never got clarification on what the Rangers were looking for on the review of Odor's errant throw in the sixth.

"I agree with my colleague, Carlos, that the EPA administrator should resign", said Ros-Lehtinen, who is not seeking re-election.

A memo signed by Kevin Minoli contends that Pruitt's $50-a-night rental payments constitute a fair market rate. Not only has Scott Pruitt racked up hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in luxe travel charges because apparently coach is "politically toxic", but the E.P.A. administrator is also systematically undermining the core mission of his agency, which is largely to prevent Americans from treating the Earth like a porta-potty.

Taken together, the sheer volume and variety of leaks suggests that someone is working overtime to get Pruitt fired, if not for turning the environment into a urinal and telling his industry pals to take a leak, then for embarrassing the administration with his no good, very bad judgement.

The Senate confirmed Pruitt previous year by a vote of 52-46.

Pruitt was one of several Cabinet officials summoned a month ago to meet with White House lawyers and Cabinet affairs staff over ethical questions, and they were warned that further negative headlines could imperil their jobs. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, two vulnerable Democrats who are up for re-election this year in states Trump won in 2016, joined almost every Republican in voting to approve Pruitt's nomination.

This article has been updated with comment from the EPA and Ros-Lehtinen.

Latest News