Hoyer Statement on the Trump Administration's Decision to Shut Down Vast Portions of Public Lands and National Monuments
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced recommendations to shut down vast portions of a number of public lands and national monuments across the country:
“Today’s announcement by the Department of the Interior represents an abdication of this Administration’s responsibility to serve as stewards of our public lands and national monuments for current and future generations. Earlier this year, I joined with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to urge Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reject efforts to shrink or eliminate national monuments, and I continue to oppose any changes that roll back protections for these great open spaces meant for the enjoyment of all Americans to explore, fish, hunt, and seek communion with nature.
“Shutting down America’s public lands and national monuments is deeply unpopular, and the economic impact of doing so is substantial. I also continue to stand with Native American tribes in the fight to preserve their access to the lands that have sustained them for generations. All of us who call this great country our home have a duty to preserve it for generations to come, and I urge President Trump not to make any of the changes the Secretary of the Interior is recommending.”