Stefanik Pleased With Pruitt's Resignation From EPAPosted: Updated:
North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says "it is time for new leadership at the EPA" following the resignation of scandal-plagued Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Pruitt had become a constant source of embarrassment to a president who had entered Washington promising to "Drain the Swamp."
Pruitt has faced an array of ethical questions about his travel spending, security costs, dealings with industry lobbyists and misuse of government resources.
He had denied wrongdoing in the face of multiple congressional and oversight inquiries.
Despite the scandals, President Trump has been approving of Pruitt's efforts to reduce regulations that the administration says curb business growth. Trump wrote on Twitter, "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job."
Activists have argued those cuts have endangered the environment.
Trump tweeted that Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will assume the acting administrator position Monday.
Stefanik (R.-21st District) issued the following statement:
“It is time for new leadership at the EPA. There have been too many ethical lapses under Administrator Pruitt’s watch and this decision is in the best interests of the agency and our country. I look forward to working with our next EPA Administrator to protect the environmental interests of our district, which is the proud home of the Adirondacks.”
Stefanik also said she was one of the first Republicans to publicly call on Pruitt to resign in April of this year.