Friday, January 13, 2017

Walden: Monument process 'rigged from the beginning'

Republican Rep. Greg Walden, whose central and eastern Oregon district includes part of the newly expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, is blasting the Obama administration for Thursday's designation. From his office:
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) issued the following statement on President Obama’s unilateral expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument:

“With this designation, the outgoing administration is locking up more of our public lands through a process that cut out many in the surrounding communities. It appears like it was rigged from the beginning. I’ve heard from landowners and county commissioners who were not even consulted in the crafting of the proposal. The Clinton Administration similarly rushed to declare the original Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at the last minute without the necessary work upfront. As a result, I had to come back and legislate a solution around Soda Mountain. It is unfortunate that the current administration has followed the same failed pattern. I will work with the Trump Administration to do what we can to roll back this midnight expansion.”

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