Yeah, it’s time for bogus agencies like this to get kicked to the curb. Let’s hope President Trump does just that.
Environmental Protection Agency employees billed taxpayers roughly $15,000 for gym memberships, while numerous employees are upset over looming budget cuts.
An agency library in Las Vegas, Nevada, bought 37 employees one-year memberships to the gym 24 Hour Fitness, according to a receipt obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The “super sport” memberships cost $399.99 each.
The employees work at the U.S. Environmental Science Division located at 944 East Harmon Ave. in Las Vegas. The address is home to the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory and a library on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus, which EPA scientists, postdoctorate researchers, and contractors use for research.
The receipt for “fitness memberships for EPA employees” totaled $14,799.63 and was created in April 2016.
The 24 Hour Fitness memberships include yoga and martial arts classes. The gym boasts “good vibes” where EPA employees can “sweat it out together.”
The taxpayer funding for gym memberships comes at a time when numerous EPA employees are upset with President Trump’s proposed budget, which would reduce the EPA’s annual funding to $5.7 billion. Employees were coming to work in tears months after Trump’s presidential victory. Recently, unionized EPA employees participated in “resistance” rallies on Capitol Hill.
Obama neutered the IG offices. June 2016 article on EPA stonewalling its IG. http://hotair.com/archives/2016/06/04/the-epa-is-still-stonewalling-the-inspector-generals-office/
Tammy is correct though. Can’t strengthen the IG process as that only works when the President cares and doesn’t when the Pres. doesn’t. Must decrease the size of the agency to cut the fraud, waste, and abuse.