Raul Grijalva

House Republicans start the new Congress with an assault on federal lands

House Republicans start the new Congress with an assault on federal lands

This week, House Republicans got so much blowback from their attempt to neuter the independent congressional ethics office that they quickly reversed course. The tone-deaf assault on ethics oversight was part of a bigger package of rules changes that included another provision that should also have been stopped, but was not: a scheme to give away federal lands.

The change, approved by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday, eliminates the requirement to account for the cost of turning over federal lands to state or local governments. Out of such small revisions are revolutions made.

In this case, the revolt is being led by Republican politicians in the West...

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