Washington Examiner: Why is Salazar hiding the land grab memo?
From today’s “Beltway Confidental” by Washington Examiner editorial page editor Mark Tapscott.
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was asked in a Feb. 26, 2010, letter from Western Caucus Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, and other representatives from western states for the missing pages from a leaked government memo that “contained detailed information about the administration’s plans to designate as many as 14 new national monuments and lock up as much as 13 million acres in states throughout the West.”
Bishop and his colleagues asked Salazar to provide the missing pages by March 26, or a month after their letter went to the Interior chief. More than two months later and Bishop has received exactly nothing from Salazar in response to the February 26 request… [DF notes: WTP also filed a FOIA request for the information Mar. 11. We have not received a response.]
…Salazar was asked about the leaked memo during a recent Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing and responded only by saying “there’s no hidden agenda on the part of my department.”
That elicited the obvious response from Bishop, who now asks “if there is no hidden agenda then why do these documents, which are public information, remain under lock and key? Unfortunately for Secretary Salazar, this is where the rubber meets the road, and once again, his rhetoric fails to match reality.”
Hastings has filed a bill, H. Res. 1254, forcing Salazar to reveal the hidden documentoutlining the Obama administrations plans to grab millions of acres without a congressional vote or even a review. The bill will be considered in a May 5 House Natural Resources Committee hearing.
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