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Bishop and Westerman Request Flight Information for Zinke and Past Interior Secretaries

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2017 -

Yesterday, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the use of non-commercial aircrafts for official business. Chairman Bishop released the following statement:

Ethical guidelines are on the books to promote transparency and responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Federal officials should be held to the highest ethical standard in adhering to these rules. When violations occur, the public deserves to know. When willful violations occur, there should be consequences. When partisan opportunists conflate diligent conformance to scandal, no one wins. Let’s get all facts on the table, ensure taxpayers are protected and proceed with the peoples’ business.”

The letter requests documents regarding Interior policies and guidelines for Secretary travel when using “government-owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft” and “each use of a government-owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior since January 20, 2009.”

Click here to view the full letter.

Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

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