Senators expected to ask EPA's Pruitt about lavish spending
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is going before a Senate panel as he faces a growing series of federal ethics investigations.
Pruitt's appearance Wednesday before the Senate appropriations environmental subcommittee will again test his adeptness in weathering scandals and hanging on to the support of President Donald Trump.
The occasion would normally be a routine budget hearing for an agency head. But senators on the panel are expected to press Pruitt on his lavish spending, first-class travel and security, among other issues.
The subcommittee chairwoman, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has told reporters that she was concerned about the allegations surrounding Pruitt, but that it was up to the Trump administration to decide his future.