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McCollum Statement on Nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary

December 15, 2016
Press Release

Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as Secretary of the Interior:

“In the six weeks since his election, President-elect Donald Trump has begun laying the groundwork to roll back nearly a century of progress protecting our environment and conserving our public lands.

“The nomination of Representative Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior is yet another sign that the Trump-Pence administration will favor special interests over conservation and put polluters before America’s public lands and natural treasures. In his short time in the U.S. House, Representative Zinke has voted repeatedly to sell America’s public lands to private interests and sided again and again with the fossil fuel industry.

“The Department of the Interior plays a critical role protecting public lands and endangered species, preserving our national and natural heritage, and upholding our obligations to Native Americans. Those are values that I will continue to defend, especially in the face of Trump’s regressive agenda.”