Bishop Blasts Interior Budget Plan

Rep. Rob Bishop says the Interior Department’s latest budget request fails to confront major problems while creating expensive, unnecessary programs.

Reports The Hill:

Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said the plan was “really underimpressive” and that he “found no idea in there that I consider creative or different or unusual.”

He criticized what he saw as “just the same old, same old, raise taxes, raise fees, write more regulations and then throw money at a problem” in the $13.2 billion budget request, including money to acquire new federal land while current property needs maintenance.

Bishop made the comments at a hearing with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. It was the sole hearing in the House on a day in which both chambers of Congress canceled their sessions because of a winter storm.