Department of the Interior

Senate Democrats: Interior Department Is Snubbing Us on Grant Delay Questions
Grant reviews are response to ‘litany‘ of abuses, senior Interior official says

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is delaying federal grants for increased scrutiny of the department’s financial assistance programs. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats say the Interior Department is not answering questions about delays in the issuing of federal grants, a move they contend is holding up money used to fund conservation programs.

“DOI has yet to explain why it hired a high school football teammate of Secretary Zinke’s, who seems to have no relevant experience, to oversee the grant review process instead of improving financial management controls through department experts and career officials,” said Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who led a group of 11 senators in the Democratic Conference in a June 12 letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Trump Officially Taps Zinke for Interior Secretary
One-term Montana congressman is retired Navy SEAL

In making his announcement of Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to serve as Interior secretary, President-elect Donald Trump touted his focus on energy and minerals policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, a geologist and former Navy SEAL, is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of the Interior, the transition team announced Thursday. 

Zinke, 55, retired as a Navy commander in 2008 after more than two decades in the service, and was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Montana's at-large district. He is a member of the Committees on Armed Services and Natural Resources.

Kate Walsh Lobbies Against Atlantic Offshore Drilling

Walsh spoke at a Oceana Capitol Hill rally in 2011. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Actress Kate Walsh trekked to Capitol Hill Wednesday to make the case that President Barack Obama should abandon any plans for offshore Atlantic drilling.  

“It was incredible to hear how passionate, and again the myriad of reasons, people have for coming up against it,” Walsh told HOH. “Hopefully, we will be able to convince the president to take it out of the plan." Last January, the Interior Department unveiled the latest of its five-year plan for offshore drilling, which included leases off the Atlantic coast. Walsh, most famous from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” joined with Oceana, which is in a major push against industrial offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. She previously lobbied on Capitol Hill with Oceana in 2011 on the one-year anniversary of Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill.