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.
The federal government has been shut down, with no end in sight. Eventually it will reopen, but it remains unclear what the final cost of the closure will be. You’ve heard a lot about the impacts our national treasures – closure of our parks and monuments.