Bennet, Senators Demand Accountability from EPA’s Pruitt

Senators: Pruitt must answer the many ethics questions that have been raised about his housing, travel perks, and connections to lobbyists with business before the EPA, among other issues

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Tom Carper (D-DE), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today held a news conference to demand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt respond to the many unanswered ethics questions that have been raised by taxpayers, congressional lawmakers, and even the Government Accountability Office (GAO) about Pruitt's housing and travel arrangements.

"The people of Colorado, and all Americans, deserve an EPA administrator who at the very least recognizes science and believes in climate change," Bennet said. "Scott Pruitt is not that leader, and his actions warrant ethical concern. Not only has he failed to implement the EPA's mission and to protect our children's health, but his senseless roll back of regulations is holding back American companies from competing in the global economy. Coloradans have voiced their concerns with the quality of our air and water, while Administrator Pruitt continues to stand with polluters. For all these reasons, I am calling for his resignation."

The senators asked Pruitt to provide information and documents about:

  • The $50 a night room he rented from the wife of a lobbyist;
  • Thousands of dollars in travel perks he has received;
  • Deployment of EPA enforcement officers to provide round-the-clock security detail;
  • Construction of a $43,000 "privacy booth" in his office;
  • And actions he has taken to help lobbyist friends and campaign donors at the expense of the health and safety of American children.