DOI Secretary Defends 2017 Budget Proposal

By Vidya Kauri (March 2, 2016, 4:15 PM EST) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell defended her department's budget request of $13.4 billion for 2017 in the face of intense, and sometimes hostile, opposition during a house committee hearing on Tuesday, saying that the budget expands economic opportunities for Native Americans and promotes responsible energy development.

The Republican majority of the House Committee on Natural Resources lambasted several of the U.S. Department of the Interior's environmental and economic decisions in recent months, such as a moratorium on issuing new coal leases while a review of the federal coal program is underway and a proposal to acquire $195 million worth of new federal...

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