EPA Head Spends Over $100K in Taxpayer Money to Fly Around the World in First Class

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt spent over $105,000 on first-class flights during his first year as the department’s secretary.

Politico reported Tuesday night that the figure comes from records published by the EPA’s internal watchdog and provided to the House Oversight Committee. The $105,000 does not include the previously-reported $58,000 Pruitt spent on taxpayer-funded charter fights and a military jet taken from Cincinnati to New York so that he and his staff could catch a connecting flight to Europe.

Of the flights listed in the new House Oversight records, which were obtained by Politico, the single most expensive first-class trip took place in December, when Pruitt racked up $16,217 after missing a flight out of Morocco while promoting American natural gas exports. After missing the connecting flight, the EPA secretary stayed overnight in Paris, “and appears to have missed two other flights to Morocco” before leaving days later.

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