October 4, 2017 - (WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) joined 25 House Democratic cosponsors in introducing a House resolution (H.Res. 555) to force the Trump administration to be more transparent about its review of national monuments.
“It has been five months since President Trump signed his executive order and over a month since Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent his recommendations to the White House, however the Secretary’s office has yet to return our calls to discuss the successes of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument,” Napolitano said. “It is evident that the administration wants to keep this process hidden from the public and that it has zero interest in hearing directly from the people who would be most impacted. It is also appalling that Secretary Zinke recently used over $12,000 in taxpayer funds for private travel from a personal event in Las Vegas to his home in Montana, but he has yet to spend a few hundred dollars for commercial travel to the San Gabriel Valley to listen to my constituents as well as local stakeholders on what the monument means to our community. This is unfair to our residents, who fought for years for the monument, and it is an irresponsible way to govern.”
H.Res. 555, a resolution of inquiry (ROI), requires the administration to provide Congress a final version of the secret monuments report and all supporting documents related to the executive order President Trump issued in April. Napolitano and her fellow House Democrats believe the American people deserve a full report, as well as an explanation as to what Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended and why.
The ROI is in response to the Administration’s refusal to deliver on the promise of an “open review process” by not providing more information about Secretary Zinke’s agenda, analysis, and full scope of findings from his national monument tours and meetings. If the House Natural Resources Committee fails to consider H.Res. 555 within 14 legislative days, House rules provide for a privileged motion to discharge the Committee and consider the resolution on the House floor.