Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristles at Senate questions about travel, office spending

Ryan_Zinke United States Interior Secretary

United States Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday defended himself during a Senate hearing over recent reports about his use of private planes and lavish spending, saying he was exhausted of "innuendo" and "insults".

During a budget hearing before the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Zinke said he "never took a private jet anywhere" in response to Democratic Sen. "The IG is looking at this issue, and we are looking at the larger issue of how time and money is spent", Cantwell said.

Inclusive are recent receipts showing the department spent over 130,000 dollars to install new doors at his office at a time of proposed budget cuts and fee hikes at national parks.

"I resent the fact of your insults, I resent the fact they're misleading, I resent the fact of the doors", Zinke said to Cantwell, the tone of his voice growing sharp.

Zinke has also been criticized for travel such as a $12,375 flight in June from Las Vegas to his home state of Montana.

US oil production has soared in recent years due to advances in drilling technology, but the increase has come mainly from private - rather than federal - lands. And he said he only took flights on propeller planes, not jets.

Zinke called the questions about spending misleading and insulting. "I resent the fact of the doors, and I'll go through line by line".

The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) gave high marks to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for what he did during his first year on President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

Zinke said he would supply the committee with data when available. I know where people are, and I certainly know where the state of Washington is. Currently, the Park Service charges per vehicle weekly entry fees of $25 or $30 to enter the busiest national parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Zion.

Zinke has proposed dividing the department's various bureaus into 13 geographic regions across the country based on watershed and other natural resource boundary lines. "You have a lot of foreign guests, a lot of population of them". But Cantwell said the department's inspector general is reviewing the spending and senators would pose questions in writing to get answers.

"If you're in a auto, and you have a veteran in the vehicle, everyone, whether they're a veteran or not, is free in that auto".

As part of those management reforms, the department "is continuing to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of [the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management] and [the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement] being separate organizations, with the understanding that revenue collection activities need to be separate from safety", Zinke said during the hearing. "One person with a pass and everyone comes in for free. Now, whether or not that's correct, we're looking at it". The cost of an annual pass for non-seniors is now $80 a year. "I just took my kids to the theater, and after paying the ticket to the theater and having popcorn, it's more than $80".

Related News:

  • AMD investigating major security flaws in Ryzen chips

    AMD investigating major security flaws in Ryzen chips

    CTS has classified the vulnerabilities, which it found over the course of a six-month investigation, into four categories they're calling Ryzenfall , Masterkey , Fallout and Chimera .
    BJP ahead in Araria and Bhabua, RJD leading in Jehanabad

    BJP ahead in Araria and Bhabua, RJD leading in Jehanabad

    Sarfaraz Alam has so far polled a total of 195,527 votes as against his BJP rival who has bagged 195,072 votes. He recently quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and joined the alliance of RJD and Congress.

    Energy Transfer Partners, LP (NYSE:ETP) Growth in Focus

    Jvl Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Encana Corp (ECA) by 1.66% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. The pipeline company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.09.
  • California teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injures students

    California teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injures students

    Teachers in California are not allowed to carry firearms inside the class, even if they have a carry permit for concealed weapons. He told KSBW that Alexander had told the class that he wanted to make sure the gun wasn't loaded when it accidentally discharged.
    Highest Recorded Levels of Microplastics Found In A Manchester River

    Highest Recorded Levels of Microplastics Found In A Manchester River

    Humans also consume them once they move up the food chain, though it is still unknown to what degree they impact human health. Is it on beaches, the seafloor, in marine organisms? 'We also need to reduce our use of plastics large and small.
    Speaker Kadaga urges global leaders to do more on Women empowerment

    Speaker Kadaga urges global leaders to do more on Women empowerment

    The 62nd session of the commission, will focus on "challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls".
  • China Industrial Production Grows More Than Forecast

    China Industrial Production Grows More Than Forecast

    Numerous nation's oil fields are ageing after years of use, while high production costs are also crimping output. China's gross domestic product grew at 6.9 percent previous year , the first annual acceleration since 2010.
    Google will ban ads for cryptocurrencies

    Google will ban ads for cryptocurrencies

    Once a user clicks, they're directed to site that's trying to sell something like a weight-loss product, not a news story. That's an average of 100 per second, and an increase from 1.7 billion removals of bad ads in 2016 .

    What's Pitney Bowes Inc (NYSE:PBI) Upside After This Short Interest Increase?

    Earnings Yield helps investors measure the return on investment for a given company. ( NYSE PBI ) opened at $12.87 on Friday. The fund owned 9,943 shares of the technology company's stock after buying an additional 4,664 shares during the quarter.
  • Fire breaks out at Melbourne aged care facility

    Fire breaks out at Melbourne aged care facility

    The building was nearly burning "end to end" when crews arrived, Country Fire Authority operations officer Paul Summons said. A retirement homevillage in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs has been evacuated after one of the buildings caught fire.

    Research Analysis of Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE:VIPS)

    There are advantages to using a moving average in your trading, as well options on what type of moving average to use. A total of 5.39 million shares exchanged at hands and its average trading volume is standing at 5.92 million shares.

    What Are Analysts Suggestions On Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (BUD)

    It is positive, as 26 investors sold UIS shares while 39 reduced holdings. 46 funds opened positions while 152 raised stakes. Strong earnings growth is essential to a stock's success and has the greatest impact on its future price performance.

Most liked

Sadiq Khan reads out examples of racist abuse he receives online
Fake news and the algorithms, which the Mayor said were "blinkering us" from different points of view, were also criticised in the video .

Brawl in Turkish parliament after MPs vote to revamp electoral regulations
The fact that parliament is already moving to adopt the changes may point to a possible plan to move the poll to this summer. A number of MPs started a fist fight and shoved and chased one other in the chamber.

Stephen Hawking's science lives on after his death
The discovery led to a series of further innovations, including the proposal that black holes radiate heat. Others to pay tribute include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Broncos and Keenum agree on two years
Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a seventh-rounder previous year who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster. Denver also has the No. 5 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft but should be off the board for taking an early QB.

Turkish Prosecutor Seeks Life Sentence for American Missionary
A Turkish prosecutor has demanded life in prison for jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson, according to Doğan News Agency. It has been raised by President Donald Trump in talks with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC) Receives "Buy" Rating from Piper Jaffray Companies
Sg Americas Secs reported 39,262 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. 141,042 are owned by Rafferty Asset Mgmt Limited Co. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh reported 0.12% stake. 14,891 were accumulated by Private Trust Na.

New York Jets expected to sign Titans LB Avery Williamson
While the contract details of Williamson's deal are not yet known, the linebacker did turn down a solid offer from the Titans. A model of durability, Williamson has played in 63 games since entering the league, including 59 starts.

Sierra Leone head for presidential polls
The two parties dominate Sierra Leone's politics and have ruled alternately since independence from the United Kingdom in 1961. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the country as political alliances with smaller parties have begun in earnest.

Video Released Of Deadly Shooting In Stillwater Bail Bond Office
However, police said witness statements, evidence at the scene and video evidence contradict Carey's version of the event. I am grateful for the service of each and every one of our jurors and do not and will not criticize their verdicts.

Quiche in, camcorders out in UK's new inflation basket
The basket now includes chilled mashed potato, GoPro cameras and high chairs, all of which were previously absent from the list. The inclusion of action cameras and leggings reflects increased spending on keeping active.

Found: more than 500 genes that are linked to intelligence
People who expressed the genes were less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's, depression, schizophrenia and obesity. More than 500 genes associated with intelligence have been identified in the largest study of its kind.

House OKs bill to ban TennCare money to abortion providers
Tom Burch, D-Louisville, predicted it will cost Kentucky taxpayers about $1 million to defend the measure from a possible lawsuit. Senator Thayer said, "I don't know what more it's going to take to convince people that our pension systems are in crisis".

Elon Musk on first Mars explorers: "Good chance you'll die"
At South by Southwest, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk projected that his first Mars spaceship will be ready for short trips by the first half of next year.

18 students taken to hospital after crash involving JCPS bus
According to a statement from JCPS, 41 students were on board a bus headed to Fairdale High School and Coral Ridge Elementary. Two adults in the auto were also taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries, WDRB said .

Schwarzenegger says he wants to sue oil companies for first-degree murder
Yet instead of spreading awareness of the issue, the company buried the truth and spent millions to promote misinformation on the topic.