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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/14/scott-pruitt-first...

Another Travelgate in the making. Pruitt stonewalling for requests about his travel expenses. Apparently he flies first class often. And he's supposed to obtain permission to do that from oversight committee prior to doing it. And it's unclear whether he is doing that. But you'll have to file a FOIA request, to find out now. Drain the Swamp! MAGA!
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abadolato01 wrote:
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/14/scott-pruitt-first...

Another Travelgate in the making. Pruitt stonewalling for requests about his travel expenses. Apparently he flies first class often. And he's supposed to obtain permission to do that from oversight committee prior to doing it. And it's unclear whether he is doing that. But you'll have to file a FOIA request, to find out now. Drain the Swamp! MAGA!


That piece says he needs per flight approval even for business class. That might perhaps be overdoing it a bit. I wouldn't object if a British equivalent of the head of the EPA flew business class. The security rationale is bogus, but on a short trip he could be working and on a long trip rested up. But first isn't necessary.
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Dearlove wrote:
That piece says he needs per flight approval even for business class. That might perhaps be overdoing it a bit. I wouldn't object if a British equivalent of the head of the EPA flew business class. The security rationale is bogus, but on a short trip he could be working and on a long trip rested up. But first isn't necessary.
Unfortunately, under this administration, the head of the EPA getting less done actually makes us all healthier. I say, make him take a Greyhound, for the environment's sake.
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TheChin! wrote:
Dearlove wrote:
That piece says he needs per flight approval even for business class. That might perhaps be overdoing it a bit. I wouldn't object if a British equivalent of the head of the EPA flew business class. The security rationale is bogus, but on a short trip he could be working and on a long trip rested up. But first isn't necessary.
Unfortunately, under this administration, the head of the EPA getting less done actually makes us all healthier. I say, make him take a Greyhound, for the environment's sake.
And take the seat in the back, next to the rest room.
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cooler king wrote:
TheChin! wrote:
Dearlove wrote:
That piece says he needs per flight approval even for business class. That might perhaps be overdoing it a bit. I wouldn't object if a British equivalent of the head of the EPA flew business class. The security rationale is bogus, but on a short trip he could be working and on a long trip rested up. But first isn't necessary.
Unfortunately, under this administration, the head of the EPA getting less done actually makes us all healthier. I say, make him take a Greyhound, for the environment's sake.
And take the seat in the back, next to the rest room.


That's where use pukes that smuggled booze in sit.
 
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TheChin! wrote:
Dearlove wrote:
That piece says he needs per flight approval even for business class. That might perhaps be overdoing it a bit. I wouldn't object if a British equivalent of the head of the EPA flew business class. The security rationale is bogus, but on a short trip he could be working and on a long trip rested up. But first isn't necessary.
Unfortunately, under this administration, the head of the EPA getting less done actually makes us all healthier. I say, make him take a Greyhound, for the environment's sake.


You make a good point, but perhaps he should cycle.
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Dearlove wrote:
TheChin! wrote:
Dearlove wrote:
That piece says he needs per flight approval even for business class. That might perhaps be overdoing it a bit. I wouldn't object if a British equivalent of the head of the EPA flew business class. The security rationale is bogus, but on a short trip he could be working and on a long trip rested up. But first isn't necessary.
Unfortunately, under this administration, the head of the EPA getting less done actually makes us all healthier. I say, make him take a Greyhound, for the environment's sake.


You make a good point, but perhaps he should cycle.


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Dearlove wrote:
That piece says he needs per flight approval even for business class.


It's worth noting - business class really isn't a "thing" in the US except for international flights, which is different than most European airlines, IIRC. It's very hard to find business class except on a very few transcontinental routes (usually JFK to LAX or SFO), and even those are limited to 1-2 airlines. There's first class and economy. And the price bump between the two is dramatic.

Many airlines offer a version of "economy plus," but that isn't a separate cabin. He'd still have to put up with the hoi poloi.

It's really pretty outrageous and only continues a line of wasteful spending that Pruitt has engaged in since entering his office. For the love of Pete, he had a special flag made that's flown at EPA headquarters to show that he's in the building, installed a soundproof room so nobody could eavesdrop on his conversations/calls, and spent a ridiculous amount remodeling his office.
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As another datum, I fly business class overseas, and have flown at my company's expense. The ability to work in flight and not lose a day to jet lag is worth the money at some point.
 
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As another datum, I fly business class overseas, and have flown at my company's expense. The ability to work in flight and not lose a day to jet lag is worth the money at some point.


Every company that I've worked for that allowed this required a minimum travel time before you could book business/first class. And that was never less than 7 hours. And if it was travel that was billable to a client, the client still needed to approve the additional expense.

All of which is a round-about way of saying "None of Pruitt's travel would qualify at the overwhelming majority of private companies." Nor should it. The man is independently wealthy - if he doesn't want to rub elbows with people that might be mean to him, he can pay his own airfare.
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-travel/house-demo...

House Dems get tough with Pruitt. Gotta love this one;

Pruitt did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the letter from members of the House panel. He recently said in a television interview that he was instructed to travel first class due to security threats and “uncomfortable” confrontations with other passengers.

The letter from the lawmakers asked Pruitt to explain why he believes security threats are reduced in first class cabins.


Pruit - "But, but, first class people would NEVER confront me, they are, well, they are...umm, FIRST CLASS!

 
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