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Democrats ask EPA watchdog to investigate Scott Pruitt's 'blanket waiver' for first-class flights

Democrats ask EPA watchdog to investigate Scott Pruitt's 'blanket waiver' for first-class flights

Democrats on Wednesday asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general to investigate how Administrator Scott Pruitt has obtained a “blanket waiver” to fly first class.

Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and other committee Democrats, are urging the EPA’s inspector general to expand an existing probe of Pruitt’s travel habits to include the circumstances behind the waiver.

Pruitt said Tuesday that security-related decisions made by others is prompting him to frequently fly first class or take military flights at taxpayer expense.

Democratic lawmakers want to know if EPA political appointees or career staff were involved in the approval of the waiver.

They also want to understand how the EPA determined that flying coach is a security risk and whether other EPA political appointees have been granted exceptions.

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