Senate Dems urge resolution calling for removal of EPA chief

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Senate Dems urge resolution calling for removal of EPA chief
In this April 3, 2018, photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at a news conference at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are introducing a formal resolution calling for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to resign or be fired, citing a series of ethical lapses and questionable spending on travel and security.

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, the measure’s lead sponsor, said mounting allegations against Pruitt mean “it is time for his imperial tenure to end.”

The measure is unlikely to succeed in the Republican-controlled Senate, but Democrats say it’s a sign of their frustration with Pruitt over his lavish spending on security, bargain-priced rental of a -a-night Capitol Hill condo and other issues.

Udall says Pruitt “has some of the worst ethical transgressions of the entire Trump administration and that’s saying a lot. Scott Pruitt is the administrator of EPA, not emperor.”