Dozens of United States senators sign resolution urging ouster of EPA's Pruitt

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The White House will look into oversight reports on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on Wednesday.

The GAO also said the EPA ran afoul of the Antideficiency Act, a measure prohibiting federal agencies from spending government funds in advance or in excess of an appropriation.

Pruitt's abundant spending on travel and security have led to several investigations by the White House, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Government Ethics and both chambers of Congress.

According to the letter Whitehouse sent to the IG last month, Pruitt used between two and three dozen different security agents over the course of six weeks and the agents reportedly accompanied Pruitt to the Rose Bowl, a family vacation to Disneyland and to a University of Kentucky basketball game, as CNN was first to report. As as result, taxpayers spent just south of $50,000 to build one in a closet in Pruitt's office.

"The documents and information that have been provided to me raise many troubling questions", the senator wrote Inspector General Arthur Elkins in March.

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"After analyzing your request, we have chose to conduct a review", he wrote.

EPA officials have defended Pruitt's around-the-clock security due to an increased number of threats against him.

Asked Wednesday about the records reviewed by AP, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said 'the same security procedures are followed whether Administrator Pruitt is on official or personal travel'.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing pressure from 170 members of Congress to resign.

The resolution says Pruitt "misused taxpayer dollars" for "personal conveniences and unnecessary office enhancements", and the EPA is "hemorrhaging staff and experts", among other things.

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