Scott Pruitt Asked For Deep Cuts At EPA. Now Look At What He Wants In Return
Though The EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has requested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, he is looking for a significant increase in security for himself, The New York Times reported this week.
Pruitt’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget are deep and wide-ranging. It seeks to shrink spending by 31 percent, to $5.7 billion from $8.1 billion, and to eliminate a quarter of the agency’s 15,000 jobs.
In fact, the cuts are so deep that even Republican lawmakers are expected to push back. But that didn’t stop Pruit from requesting an additional 10 security agents to provide a 24/7 security detail for himself, which would be the first time an EPA administrator has had around-the-clock security, The New York Times reports.
The EPA currently does not have enough agents to provide a 24/7 detail, and between 2008 and 2010, the administrator’s security staff ranged from six to eight employees, according to E&E News. Past administrators only had door-to-door security protections where agents would accompany them to and from work, and travel with them to events and trips, according to the Times.
Myron Ebell, who led President Donald Trump’s EPA transition team, told E&E News:
“I think it’s prudent given the continuing activities by the left to foment hatred, and the reported hostility within the agency from some unprofessional activists,” he said.
Yup. Pruitt has reason to be afraid of the American people. But his request for around-the-clock security detail as deep cuts loom at EPA is like a back-handed slap to all of us.
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