APNewsBreak: Dems say Interior boss is withholding key facts

APNewsBreak: Dems say Interior boss is withholding key facts

Ryan Zinke
FILE--In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo,U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during an conservation announcement at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo Friday in Salt Lake City. On Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, the Interior Department released budget documents showing Zinke plans to press ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, including a plan to relocate some officials from Washington to the West and creating a new organizational map that mostly ignores state boundaries. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

DENVER /February 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Two Democratic congressmen are accusing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of withholding key information from lawmakers while launching a massive overhaul of his department.

Reps. Raul Grijalva (gree-HAHL’-vuh) of Arizona and Donald McEachin of Virginia sent Zinke a letter Wednesday demanding he halt the reorganization and provide more information.

Zinke’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The reorganization could have widespread impacts in the West, home of most of the public lands and resources the Interior Department manages.

Zinke wants to relocate many top officials from Washington, D.C., to still-undisclosed cities in the West.

The plan also would reorganize the department into 13 regions based on rivers and ecosystems instead of the current state boundaries.

Western governors have expressed concerns that would weaken states’ influence on department decisions.
This story has been corrected to show Rep. Raul Grijalva is from Arizona, not New Mexico.

By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (R.A)