Congressmen Demand Interior Secretary’s Meeting Schedules
- November 3, 2021
Michael Ginsburg and Henry Rogers, The Daily Caller
Two leading Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate are demanding that Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland provide a schedule of the meetings that she has conducted since her March confirmation to the office.
“The principles of transparency transcend administrations, and the American people deserve to know who is influencing government leaders’ decision-making,” Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman, the ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, and Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wrote to Haaland in a letter, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller.
Citing a bipartisan record of disclosures under the Obama and Trump administrations, Westerman and Barrasso question whether or not Haaland’s schedule is “being deliberately withheld.” They argue that without the schedules, Congress is unable to conduct oversight of “misguided policies, like locking up access to public lands, limiting water supplies to farmers and communities, and hampering domestic energy and mineral production.”