As Zinke jockeys to oversee public lands, he makes it easier to sell them off

Jan 4, 2017

HELENA – As Congressman Ryan Zinke asks Montana and the nation to entrust him with managing America’s public lands, he voted this week to make it easier to sell them off.

On his first day of the 115th Congress, the Congressman voted for changes to the House rules which would drastically upend the way the Congressional Budget Office calculates the cost of transferring federal land ownership.

According to the Washington Post, this change: “will make it easier to sell off federal land.”

“You’d think that the Congressman would be on his best behavior going into a job interview, but instead he’s taking steps  to once again jeopardize the future of Montana’s outdoor economy,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montana hunters and anglers won’t forget this vote and we will continue to hold Congressman Zinke accountable as he asks for the nation’s trust in serving as Secretary of the Interior.”

Last year, Zinke also voted to transfer management of public lands to a committee of political insiders and corporate interests with no accountability to taxpayers.


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