Rep. Young Outraged by Secretarial Order on BLM
Anchorage, Alaska - Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement this afternoon, following the Secretarial Order made by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to designate areas as "Wild Lands":
"I am disgusted by today's announcement. This is yet another example of overreaching by the Federal Government and of the Administration detouring around Congress to get what they want. Managing lands as if they were wilderness ignores BLM's multiple use mandate.
The extreme environmentalist groups couldn't get their wilderness bills past Congress and so now they are circumventing this country's legislative body and having the agencies do their dirty work. It's disgraceful. The fact that they are making this announcement the day after Congress adjourned and right before Christmas, hoping that it will fall under the radar, shows that they know their maneuvering will be met with great opposition.
As a Member of the incoming Majority, and the senior Republican on the Committee on Natural Resources for the 112th Congress, I will do everything in my power to stop this overreaching by the Administration and to work with the state of Alaska to keep the governments hands off our lands."