REP LIEU INTRODUCES E. SCOTT PRUITT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ACT OF 2018
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) introduced the E. Scott Pruitt Accountability for Government Officials Act of 2018. The bill honors the legacy of former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt by increasing the criminal penalties for public officials who use their office for private gain.
“A proclivity for corruption feels like a prerequisite for a cabinet position in the Trump Administration. The Executive Branch isn’t some get rich quick scheme, but many Trump cabinet officials sure act like it. The drip, drip, drip of grifting from Trump’s appointees is corroding our Democracy by undermining faith in our institutions.
That’s why I’m introducing the E. Scott Pruitt Accountability for Government Officials Act, which will help ensure that cabinet officials and other senior public servants can’t use their public office for personal gain. If the Trump Administration’s culture of corruption has taught us anything, it’s that we need better checks in place to prohibit public officials from using the government as their personal piggy banks. Thank you to President Trump, as well as former and current Trump Administration officials like EPA Administrator Pruitt, HHS Secretary Price and Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, for their trailblazing work to deepen our understanding of the many types of public corruption.”