“Putting Karen Budd-Falen in this position is like putting Genghis Khan in charge of a day care center” – Peter Jenkins, PEER
For Immediate Release: Jun 11, 2019
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337
INTERIOR’S MUSICAL CHAIRS SPIN OUT OF CONTROL
Complaints Mount as Sagebrush Rebel Installed Over Wildlife and Parks
Washington, DC — The Secretary of Interior keeps illegally shuffling political officials into jobs requiring Senate confirmation, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The latest move places a controversial property rights lawyer associated with the infamous Bundy Clan and right-wing militias to oversee all Interior actions by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
On May 23, 2019, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt quietly signed the 27th version of an order purporting to delegate duties of presidentially appointed positions to a series of acting officials. In this latest order, Bernhardt taps Karen Budd-Falen for the role of Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. Budd-Falen has spent her career challenging the legitimacy of federal wildlife protections in addition to fighting grazing regulations and other land use authority as part of the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion.
“Putting Karen Budd-Falen in this position is like putting Genghis Khan in charge of a day care center,” stated PEER Senior Counsel Peter Jenkins, pointing out that she was previously slotted into an Interior deputy solicitor job that required no Senate review. “Since David Bernhardt knows Budd-Falen is so right wing that she could never be confirmed for the job he just gave her, this maneuver only underlines the Administration’s continuing contempt for the Senate’s constitutional advice and consent prerogative.”
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