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>> Deregulatory agenda.>> Facing multiple investigations on excessive spending and ethical lapses the embattled head of the EPA Scott Pruitt goes before law makers on Capitol Hill, Thursday. The hearing's previously scheduled as budgetary hearings pose a critical test for Pruitt. As the White House becomes increasingly frustrated by news reports, and issues ranging from his heavy spending on first class air travel and security, to his rental of a room in a DC town house linked to an energy industry lobbyist.
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Reuters Valerie Volcovici.>> Some law makers might be looking to see if there's been any contrition and if he's, for example stopped flying first class. The President might look for his overall demeanor whether he confidently, that's sounds some of the allegations whether he kind of sounds firm in his answers.
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And others are just looking for just explanations about why he made certain choices. But we don't know yet whether Pruitt's answers and his defensive against some of these allegations will be enough to keep him in office.>> Up until recently, Republican lawmakers could stomach some of the allegations against Pruitt who seem as an effective champion of Republican causes, specifically rolling back regulations at the EPA But the bad headlines keep coming.
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There are nearly a dozen pending investigations into Pruitt with the EPA Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, the White House Office of Management and Budget, as well as the House Oversight Committee, one especially said to have troubled the West Wing. A report finding the EPA violated the law by installing a $43,000 privacy booth in Pruitt's office without notifying lawmakers first.
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For now the White House is cautiously standing by Pruitt.>> We're evaluating these concerns and we expect the EPA administrator to answer for them and we'll keep you posted.>> Though a few weeks ago the President was more effusive.>> I think that Scott has done a fantastic job.
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I think he's a fantastic person.