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Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Minoli added that EPA ethics officials are now consulting with the Office of Government Ethics to determine 'whether any additional steps needed to be taken to ensure full compliance with the ethics requirements'.

Among those scandals: He reportedly spent $25,000 on a soundproof phone booth, regularly requests per diem lodging expenses above the government's daily spending rate, rented a room in a home owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist, defied a White House in order to give two close aides massive raises and consistently flies first class in order to avoid the public shouting curse words at him. Wilcox said the original itinerary included a meeting with Australia's parliament and "we have been unable to find a time to reschedule this meeting as it must be done when they are in session". The Anti-Deficiency Act prohibits agencies from spending money outside what has been appropriated by Congress.

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., asked Mulvaney about OMB's involvement in responding to complaints about spending at EPA and at the Department of Housing and Urban Development related to the purchase of a $31,000 dining set for Secretary Ben Carson's office suite. On Twitter, former ethics official Walter Shaub initially said he believed Pruitt should be anxious about this new development. "And if they've been broken, we'll follow the rules", Mulvaney told the panel.

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"We voted against Scott Pruitt's confirmation because we believed he was the wrong choice to defend public health and the environment", said the senators in the resolution.

The AP reported a year ago that those Oklahoma emails showed ties between Pruitt and his state's oil and gas industry, including close coordination on lawsuits challenging EPA environmental regulations.

Shaub said he expected his former colleagues in the Office of Government Ethics would advise Pruitt that it was inappropriate for him to accept the gifted airfare from an EPA employee and that he must repay Wagner at full market value. I see the damage from the Pruitt EPA in Florida where our economy is tied to healthy and clean environment: "According to a recent report by Environment Florida, industrial facilities have dumped excessive pollution into Florida waterways so many times that Florida is now in the top 10 states with the most exceedances reported by major industrial facilities because far too often these polluters faced no fines or penalties".

In response to that report, the EPA released a document from its Office of General Counsel that disagreed with the GAO finding, saying that the phone booth was necessary for Pruitt's work and was not decorative. Jeff Merkey of OR and Tom Carper of DE asking EPA's inspector general to review the issue.

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