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Scott Pruitt's First-Class Travel Is a Scandal

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It seems like an eternity ago that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned amid an uproar over the expensive, chartered flights he took on the taxpayer's dime. Alas, it was just last September. But it was a big deal to President Donald Trump, because in racking up at least $400,000 in travel bills, Price broke Trump's most important campaign promise: to drain the swamp. Price's profligacy even spurred a change to the administration's travel policy. “All cabinet travel requests now must be cleared by the White House,” The New York Times reported .
Presumably, that means the...
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EPA changes its story on Pruitt's first-class travel

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EPA on Wednesday retracted its claim that Administrator Scott Pruitt has received a “blanket waiver” to fly first class whenever he travels, after POLITICO pointed officials to federal travel rules that appeared to bar such arrangements. Pruitt has been routinely flying first class at taxpayers' expense after securing what EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox had described as "blanket waiver,” POLITICO reported Tuesday. But the General Services Administration says federal rules require agencies' oversight staffers to sign off on officials' first- or business-class travel "on a trip-by-trip basis...
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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Has a Very Good Reason for All That First-Class Travel

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Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt has racked up thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded first-class travel. But Pruitt has a good reason: people sitting in coach are security risks.
Pruitt explained to the New Hampshire Union Leader - after flying first class from Washington DC to visit the state's governor and tour a toxic dump site-that security decisions made by others dictated he fly first class or on military jets at taxpayer expense.
"Unfortunately,... we've had some incidents on travel dating back to when I first started serving in the March-April timeframe," Pruitt...
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EPA Head Says He Needs to Fly First Class Because People Are Mean to Him in Coach

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke about his flight costs on Tuesday in a pair of interviews in New Hampshire, following a first-class flight to meet with the state's Republican governor and tour a toxic waste site.
Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader he had some “incidents” on flights shortly after his appointment by President Donald Trump last...
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EPA chief Scott Pruitt says he has to fly first class because a 'toxic' political environment puts him in danger

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says he has to fly first class because a 'toxic' political environment puts him in danger

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said that he regularly flies first class due to unspecified security concerns, which he argued are a result of a "toxic" political environment.
"We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment," he told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Pruitt regularly spends multiples more than his predecessors on travel and security.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said that he regularly flies first class - spending multiples more...
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