Following a series of negative headlines, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt will travel to Capitol Hill for two congressional hearings this week, where his performance could play a role in his future administration, amid tough questions from Democrats and Republicans.
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The hearings affect the budget of the EPA, but they also give the legislator the opportunity to inquire about other concerns, including allegations that the agency has abused taxpayers' money.
The renewed wave of criticism of Pruitt followed a report by ABC News that he had lived in an apartment owned by the wife of a prominent lobbyist. The pressure grew after media reports showed that Pruitt had bypassed the White House to offer wage increases to several employees. And there were new questions about his spending on travel and around the clock security details.
"It is an important hearing for him, especially among the various clouds he is currently under," said Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment of the Institute of Competitive Energy, who led Trump's EPO transition team ,
Pruitt also faces new headlines this week over a previously undisclosed meeting with lobbyist J. Steven Hart in July 201
7 while living in a condominium owned by Hart's wife, who is also a lobbyist and raises questions about Earlier statements Hart and Pruitt made about their business.