Bloomberg Law
March 28, 2023, 4:47 PM

Current, Former Secretaries Clash Over Refuge, Mining at Hearing

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

The Trump administration’s Interior secretary accused the current head of the agency at a hearing of denying health care to women in a small Alaska village and lectured her about restrictions on mining.

The exchange at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was among the first public encounters between Secretary Deb Haaland and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R- Mont.) since he was elected in 2022. The clash demonstrated the contrast between the chief land managers of the Trump administration, which sought to open public lands to the extraction industries, and the Biden administration, which has a goal to widely protect ...

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