“This is our approach presently, but we
look forward to your input on how, maybe,
this can be restored and/or addressed in a
different way,” Pruitt said.
Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican
from Pruitt’s home state, was among several
lawmakers who told Pruitt the EPA likely will
be allotted more money than it requested.
“I can assure you you’re going to be the
;rst EPA administrator that’s come before this
committee in eight years that actually gets
more money than they asked for,” Cole
said. “That doesn’t mean you’ll get as much as you’ve
had, but you’ll get more than you asked for.”
Pruitt said he plans to continue shrinking the EPA’s work-
force, which probably can be accomplished through attrition,
buyouts and a hiring freeze, rather than layoffs.
“About 20 percent of the agency is eligible for
retirement today, and that’s going to increase over the
next several years,” Pruitt said. “That’s how we’re going to
address the proposed cuts to personnel.”
Key EPA positions that remain un;lled include
deputy administrator, assistant administrator for air and
radiation, assistant administrator for water, assistant
administrator for research and development, assistant
administrator for enforcement and general counsel.
Of the 37 leadership staff listed on the EPA website,
28 have the word “acting” before their titles.
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During the hearing, Pruitt assured lawmakers that the proposed
budget cuts would allow the EPA to carry out its “core” missions.
In addition, Pruitt said he would work with lawmakers on programs they want to retain. Options might include moving certain
programs to other of;ces.
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