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  • Connolly-Merkley Introduce Ensuring Pruitt is Accountable Act
    Posted in News on July 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment/Energy

    Today, Representative Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced the Ensuring Pruitt is Accountable (EPA) Act of 2018. The legislation would ensure the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General continues its investigations into former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s conduct and would suspend any proposed rulemaking... Read more

  • Scott Pruitt’s toxic legacy comes to a backyard near you
    Posted in News on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Environment/Energy, Technology, Animal Welfare, Good Government

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) With a stroke of a pen, acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler helped cement the toxic legacy of Scott Pruitt’s reign over the EPA by rolling back federal coal ash standards. For many Northern Virginia residents, Pruitt’s ethical scandals were proximate sources of outrage. But his coal ash rule will hit even closer to home: their backyards. We are not yet 10 years removed from the catastrophic coal ash spill near Kingston, Tenn., an... Read more

  • SEEC Condemns Republican-led Resolution on Carbon Pollution
    Posted in News on July 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Environment/Energy

    Today SEEC Leadership, including Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Doris Matsui, and Paul Tonko, and Vice-Chairs Reps. Matt Cartwright, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, Chellie Pingree and Jared Polis released the following statement in response to the passage of H.Con.Res. 119, a Republican-led resolution expressing the sense of Congress that a tax on carbon pollution would be detrimental to the United States economy. “Today Congressional Republicans led a resolution denouncing a growing movement to... Read more

  • Connolly, Cummings Oppose H.R. 50
    Posted in News on July 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation, Seniors, Environment/Energy, Technology, Good Government

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) voted against H.R. 50, legislation that would impose numerous new requirements that will slow down the regulatory process and give regulated industry an unfair advantage over public health organizations, doctors, scientists, and ordinary Americans when new rules are made. “We have seen this bill before. It was a bad idea then and it is a ... Read more

  • Connolly Offers Amendment to Ensure EPA IG Investigations of Pruitt Continue
    Posted in News on July 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment/Energy

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), co-chair of the House Green Dogs, and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) offered an amendment to H.R. 6147, the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Appropriations Act of 2019, that would ensure the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General is allowed to continue its investigations into former Administrator Scott Pruitt. Specifically, Connolly’s amendment would block funding to finalize EPA rulemakings initiated by former Administrator Pr... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Pruitt Resignation
    Posted in News on July 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy, Good Government

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation: “Scott Pruitt's reign of venality is finally over. He made swamp creatures blush with his shameless excesses. All tolerated because President Trump liked his zealotry. Shame.” In April, Connolly penned an OpEd urging the President to dump Pruitt. Read more

  • Connolly-Quigley Send Letter to Ryan Informing Speaker of Pruitt Scandals
    Posted in News on June 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy, Good Government

    Following yesterday’s press reports that Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t “paid that close attention” to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Pruitt’s unethical conduct, Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) sent a letter to the Speaker detailing the many abuses and allegations against Mr. Pruitt. “We are deeply concerned by your comments yesterday when asked about your confidence level in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt that you “hav... Read more

  • EPA head laughs off Chick-fil-A questions; senior aide quits
    Posted in News on June 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy, Good Government

    Ellen Knickmeyer and Michael Biesecker Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt laughed off questions Wednesday about whether he used his office to try to help his wife get a “business opportunity” with Chick-fil-A, while a close aide abruptly resigned amid new ethics allegations against her boss. Pruitt said in a statement that his scheduling director, Millan Hupp, 26, had resigned. It came two days after Democratic lawmakers made public her testimony to a House oversight panel that ... Read more

  • Cummings and Connolly Release New Details from Interview with Top EPA Official
    Posted in News on June 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy, Good Government

    Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Ranking Member and Vice-Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy requesting he issue a subpoena for documents being withheld by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to Administrator Scott Pruitt’s multiple abuses of authority in using agency staff for his own personal purposes. On May 18, Republican and Democratic Committee staff conducted a transcribed ... Read more

  • Pruitt had aide do numerous personal tasks, including a hunt for a used Trump hotel mattress
    Posted in News on June 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy, Good Government

    Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey, and and Brady Dennis June In mid-September, the Environmental Protection Agency’s director of scheduling and advance, Millan Hupp, reached out to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., with an unusual request. Hupp wanted to know how much the hotel would charge EPA chief Scott Pruitt for purchasing one of its used mattresses. Hupp’s search for a discount “Trump Home Luxury Plush Euro Pillow Top” mattress, which she detailed in a recent interview with co... Read more

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