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Republicans are mad at Scott Pruitt for his policies, not his scandals

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Some top Republicans are starting to turn on Scott Pruitt. But it’s not the EPA chief’s numerous ethical scandals causing their distaste — it’s his environmental regulation policies, especially in relation to business.

Pruitt is facing scrutiny for his use of a super-expensive security detail and his ties to lobbyists (including renting a condo from one lobbyist with business before the EPA). But those scandals aren’t concerning for most Republicans, who’ve brushed them aside during public hearings, including one before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. Just four Republicans in Congress have called for Pruitt to resign — compared to 170 Democrats.

Read: Scott Pruitt is the target of no less than 10 federal investigations

What’s starting to attract some conservative scorn, however, is Pruitt’s slash-and-burn approach to environmental regulations, which some prominent GOPers claim undermine the same business-friendly policies that Pruitt’s EPA has sought to put forward. Two Republican leaders, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Richard Burr, have both recently criticized Pruitt over the effects of his deregulation plans. Both Burr and Grassley are staunch conservatives who voted to approve Pruitt as head of the EPA, and pressure from them carries a lot of weight.

In public hearings, Republicans have gone relatively easy on Pruitt, especially compared to Democrats. During his appearance before the Senate on Wednesday, for example, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to bring up the scandals — and she gave Pruitt an opportunity to defend himself.

Some top Republicans are starting to turn on Scott Pruitt. But it’s not the EPA chief’s numerous ethical scandals causing their distaste — it’s his environmental regulation policies, especially in relation to business.

Pruitt is facing scrutiny for his use of a super-expensive security detail and his ties to lobbyists (including renting a condo from one lobbyist with business before the EPA). But those scandals aren’t concerning for most Republicans, who’ve brushed them aside during public hearings, including one before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. Just four Republicans in Congress have called for Pruitt to resign — compared to 170 Democrats.

Read: Scott Pruitt is the target of no less than 10 federal investigations

What’s starting to attract some conservative scorn, however, is Pruitt’s slash-and-burn approach to environmental regulations, which some prominent GOPers claim undermine the same business-friendly policies that Pruitt’s EPA has sought to put forward. Two Republican leaders, Sens. Chuck Grassley and

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