Democrats Force Committee Markup on Secretary Zinke’s Secret National Monument Review Process

Democrats on the Committee have set the agenda this week by forcing Committee Republicans to talk about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's secret "review" of our national monuments.

markup will be held tomorrow afternoon on a Democratic proposal, called a resolution of inquiry, that requires the administration to release Secretary Zinke’s final report to the president on shrinking several national monuments, as well as all supporting documents the Secretary and his office may have. Secretary Zinke has failed to deliver on his promise of an “open review process” by not providing more information about his agenda, how he conducted his analysis, and what he found on his limited national monument tours.

Tomorrow's markup is a direct response to the House resolution Democrats introduced.

The Committee will also vote on a bill introduced by Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) that would dramatically weaken the Antiquities Act. Chairman Bishop rushed to introduce his Antiquities Act bill as a last-minute response to Democrats’ call for a vote on the resolution. Democrats on the Committee and several environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, strongly oppose the bill.

Join the conversation tomorrow to show your support for protecting our national monuments. Follow @NRDems on Twitter and use the #MonumentsForAll hashtag. 


Wednesday, October 11
  • Federal Lands: Legislative hearing on four federal lands bills at 10 a.m. in Longworth 1334.
  • Energy and Mineral Resources: Legislative hearing on a Republican draft bill that would overturn current offshore drilling regulations at 2 p.m. in Longworth 1334.    
  • Full Committee Markup: Members will consider amendments and vote on a Republican-backed bill that aims to reform the Antiquities Act and a resolution - introduced by Ranking Member Grijalva - that would require DOI to release all documents related to the national monument review at 10 a.m. in Longworth 1334.
Thursday, October 12
  • Water, Power and Oceans: Legislative hearing on two bills, one of which rolls back Endangered Species Act protections for certain species of fish at 10 a.m. in Longworth 1334.
Friday, October 13