Republicans Turn To Industry For Advice On How To Reorganize Interior Department
December 8, 2017
WASHINGTON — Aside from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s comments about wanting to push more staff and resources away from Washington, D.C. — to the “front lines,” as he likes to say — few details have been made public about the Trump administration’s plans for reorganizing the Interior Department.
Nevertheless, Republicans made clear at a hearing of a subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources that they support the move. And to get a better sense of how Interior should be reshaped, they turned to representatives of an oil and gas lobbying group and two think tanks with ties to the Koch brothers, the billionaires who promote conservative causes.