Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Levin added, "I don't throw good people under the bus because the left targets them".

Virginia Canter, executive branch ethics counsel for the public watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in an interview that Pruitt's having a full-time EPA employee "become the headhunter for his spouse" was "highly inappropriate" since the outcome of the search "would affect his financial interests".

Marlyn Pruitt landed a job a year ago at the Judicial Crisis Network after her resume was received by Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, which the Post said has financial ties to the JCN.

Wednesday was a particularly newsy day regarding Pruitt, even though he was in South Dakota.

Inhofe - who said he's a longtime friend of Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general - said on the Ingraham's program that he agreed with her criticism of Pruitt "100 percent".

"That might be a good swap", Inhofe said. "And I would like very much to have a communication with him about what is and what isn't". John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, to call for them.

Inhofe said he would support congressional hearings to examine Pruitt's conduct but that was up to Sen.

Pruitt's event in Reliance was private and not publicized ahead of time.


Inhofe used to chair the committee and now chairs one of its subcommittees.

In the interview, Ingraham said she was already at her breaking point with Pruitt and argued his "bad judgment" was hurting Trump and conflicting with the President's "drain the swamp" message.

Farmers, biofuel leaders and local politicians gathered at the Falls Park Farmers Market after a tractor parade from Howard Wood Field through downtown Sioux Falls, where a crowd of about 200 held a rally against Pruitt's inaction, according to the South Dakota Corn Growers Association.

"I think something needs to happen to change that", he told Ingraham.

National Review, a semi-monthly conservative editorial magazine, also ran an editorial calling for Pruitt to resign.

"Pruitt is replaceable", the piece read.

Pruitt has faced a number of controversies involving ethical standards and spending of taxpayer money. At the same time, Pruitt has worked to roll back pillars of the Obama administration's legacy on the environment and earned plaudits from conservative corners. "I told him that EPA's attacks on ethanol don't just hurt ethanol plants, they hurt farmers, rural communities and American consumers who benefit from ethanol with lower prices and cleaner air", said McCauley.

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