Yesterday, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after participating in a hearing with the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior where he questioned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze about the coordination between the White House and the BLM to lock up more public lands in Western states using the Antiquities Act:
“Despite Director Kornze’s misleading attempts to answer simple questions, he confirmed a truth many of us have long suspected: the White House has quietly coordinated with federal land management agencies to go around Congress and further the Obama Administration’s far-left political agenda. Their tool of choice to lock up millions of acres of land in Western states is the Antiquities Act, which has been abused under this administration more than any prior administration.
“Under the guise of creating national monuments, the Obama administration is sabotaging important energy development, grazing rights, water rights and other recreational activities with the stroke of a pen, regardless of local input from communities affected by these designations. Furthermore, any attempt to seek answers or transparency from agencies like the BLM has been met with misdirection and evasion. I refuse to allow this abuse to continue and demand answers on behalf of the millions of Americans harmed by these double-dealing land grabs.”