House Republicans blast Interior for tardy answers

By Michael Doyle | 02/16/2024 06:36 AM EST

Natural Resources Committee leaders want responses to pending questions by the end of the month.

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.).

House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) during a hearing in March 2023. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Interior Department has dragged its feet in responding to congressional inquiries, Republican members of the House Natural Resources Committee charged Thursday.

Calling them “shameful and unacceptable,” the 22 GOP lawmakers declared that there was “no justifiable reason” for delays that in some cases have stretched on for months.
GOP lawmakers declared

In a letter to both Interior and the Office of Management and Budget, the committee members asked that all pending responses to the “questions for the record” be handed over by March 1.


“The alarming disregard for the American public’s right to the timely presentation of the full scope of the hearing is not acceptable,” wrote Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and his colleagues.