Ponca City, OK

Now: 82 °F

Currently: Fair

Hi: 82 °F | Lo: 73 °F

Wednesday

Hi: 94 °F 

Lo: 75 °F

Thursday

Hi: 95 °F 

Lo: 70 °F

Friday

Hi: 88 °F 

Lo: 66 °F

Saturday

Hi: 90 °F 

Lo: 71 °F

Sunday

Hi: 92 °F 

Lo: 77 °F

EPA chief to skip Republican gala after ethics complaint

The Associated Press - April 28, 2017 10:34 am

Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency chief has pulled out of a Republican fundraiser after a Democratic senator raised ethics concerns.
A spokesman for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday he would not be attending next week’s Oklahoma Republican Party gala. Pruitt is Oklahoma’s former attorney general. He’d been scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse filed an ethics complaint against Pruitt on Tuesday. The Rhode Island Democrat says Pruitt’s participation would violate the Hatch Act, which limits political activity by executive branch employees.
The invitation sent out by the state GOP specifically praised Pruitt’s support for cutting federal regulations limiting planet-warming carbon emissions. Before joining the Trump administration, Pruitt often raised campaign money from fossil-fuel companies and their executives.

 

Latest Stories

Displaced Bartlesville workers eligible for Trade Act program

OKLAHOMA CITY – Displaced workers of Conoco Phillips Bartlesville Shared Services Corporate Staff including on-site leased...

Fallin calls for special election in Kay County

Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday issued an Executive Proclamation calling for a special election to be...

Work to begin on Community Building renovation

The first dumpster has been put in place so renovation work can begin on the Community...