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Scott Pruitt And Republicans’ Collective Shrug On Ethics

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota went on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday and defended canada goose uk black friday embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

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But ethics officials in government are starting to speak out and raise red flags. The Office of Government Ethics on Monday issued a strongly worded letter (full letter at the bottom of this post) that lays out its case for why ethics matter.

“Agency heads in particular bear a heightened responsibility,” he notes. That’s because, according to the Code of Federal Regulations, agency heads are https://www.thebeatlestimeline.com literally “required to ‘exercise personal leadership in. establishing and maintaining an effective agency canada goose uk shop ethics program and fostering an ethical culture in the agency.’ ”

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canadian goose jacket Reports about Pruitt’s potential ethical issues are wide ranging. They include requesting a large security detail (even when on personal travel to Disneyland); flying first class on the taxpayers’ dime (while flying coach when he was flying on his own); entering a canada goose factory sale $50 a night deal to rent a room in a condo owned by the wife of a lobbyist; providing pay raises to aides close to him after the Canada Goose Online White House apparently canada goose coats on sale rejected canada goose uk outlet the hikes; using an EPA staffer to help him Canada Goose Coats On Sale search for housing on weekends; and removing the head of his security detail who objected to using sirens to get Pruitt through traffic in a nonemergency situation.

buy canada goose jacket The actions “do raise concerns about whether the Administrator is using public office for personal gain in violation of ethics rules” and “raise concerns about whether the Administrator misused his position,” Apol writes.

If it’s true that Pruitt retaliated against staff for doing their jobs, then, Apol says, “it is hard to imagine any action that could more effectively undermine an agency’s integrity than punishing or marginalizing employees who strive to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that safeguard that integrity.”

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buy canada goose jacket cheap And yet, Republicans like Rounds dismiss the ethics complaints as “nitpicking.” And even as the White House says it is reviewing the allegations, Trump has already sought canada goose vest to minimize them.

Canada Goose Jackets In a weekend tweet, Trump echoed Pruitt’s claims that the extra security spending was the result of canada goose store “death threats because of his bold actions at EPA,” declared the travel expenses “OK,” called the questionable rental arrangement “about market rate,” and said, “Scott is doing a great job!”

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canada goose store One of the rules of politics is that people rarely act when their jobs aren’t at stake. canada goose coats But Canada Goose Jackets Republicans have been punished for ethical lapses in the past.

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“Exit canada goose black friday sale polling indicated that this theme resonated strongly with voters, who buy canada goose jacket cheap told a consortium of news media interviewers that they disapproved of the way Congress is handling its job (61 percent) and described ‘corruption and scandals in government’ as either very or extremely important factors in their vote (74 percent).

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When John Boehner became speaker in 2010, after Republicans wrested control of the House once again, he cheap canada goose uk did not have a short memory. He was known for his swift action cheap Canada Goose against members of his buy canada goose jacket own party for a variety of ethics scandals.

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In contrast, Trump gave his backing to Pruitt and congressional Republicans don’t appear to be withdrawing their support for the EPA Canada Goose Outlet chief.

As Apol argues, “The success of our government depends on maintaining the trust of the people we serve.”

Canada Goose Outlet Democrats and Republicans have struggled with ethics. As NPR’s Ron Elving notes, policy victories as can often be the case in Washington are trumping ethics. But how party leadership responds can often set an example or inflame outrage.

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