During the hearing – intended to focus on the President’s FY 2015 budget proposal – Interior Secretary Jewell was questioned on the Antiquities Act by the sponsor of the Preventing New Parks Bill, Congressman Rob Bishop.
First is the nominee for Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals in the Department of Interior. President Obama has nominated Janice Schneider, a veteran of the department, to fill the position that has been vacant for more than 2 years.
Nineteen years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the California Desert Protection Act, doubling the amount of designated wilderness in California and creating Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve.
Yet, here we are, with people and the government unable to stop furloughs, job losses, and lower revenue to keep the government functioning. Our public lands have certainly not been spared from this indiscriminate budget ax.