INTERIOR: Can Zinke Tout An Unpopular Budget And Win Over Congress?
INTERIOR: Can Zinke tout an unpopular budget and win over Congress?
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified last week. C-SPAN
All Cabinet secretaries must traverse Capitol Hill’s thorny terrain during budget season. Their mission: Defend the president’s priorities and simultaneously placate lawmakers from both parties upset about proposed cuts to their favorite programs.It’s an unenviable job under normal circumstances. But withstanding criticism from Republicans and Democrats over President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget blueprint — former House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) called it “draconian” earlier this year — takes a special kind of stamina and confidence.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke last week deflected questions from three congressional committees on the approximately 13 percent proposed budget …