Department of the Interior's Budget Cuts

After a year of controversial spending and unpopular priorities at the Department of the Interior (DOI) - encompassing everything from wasteful spending and expensive personal travel to potentially illegal political activities - the Committee will hold a hearing with Secretary Zinke on the agency's proposed fiscal year 2019 budget. DOI's proposed budget slashes agency funding overall by 14 percent and makes drastic cuts to important climate research and science programs, ongoing operations funding at the National Parks Service and other bureaus, western drought funding, and a whopping 90 percent cut to land acquisition through the widely supported Land and Water Conservation Program. 

Before we cut vital programs and operations at DOI, the American people have a right to know whether their money is being spent frivolously on unnecessary expenses.


Tuesday, March 13

Wednesday, March 14

  • Full Committee: Markup of six bills at 10:15 a.m. in Longworth 1324
    • H.R. 401 - To designate the mountain at the Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, as Devils Tower
    • H.R. 3008 - George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act
    • H.R. 4609 - West Fork Fire Station Act
    • H.R. 4851 - Kennedy-King Establishment Act of 2018
    • S. 35 - Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act
    • S. 466 - A bill to clarify the description of certain Federal land under the Northern Arizona Land Exchange and Verde River Basin Partnership Act of 2005 to include additional land in the Kaibab National Forest

Thursday, March 15