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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) spoke on the Senate floor, demanding that William Perry Pendley, Acting Director of the Bureau of Lands Management (BLM) step down.
“Nevada’s public lands are a source of pride and natural beauty, but they are also so much more,” said Senator Rosen. “They are a source of economic strength for our outdoor industries and help support our communities and our state’s economy. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors come to Nevada to see and experience our majestic public lands and monuments first-hand.”
“Public lands make up a big part of our state. In fact, over 80 percent of our land is managed by the federal government, and well over 60 percent of Nevada – close to 48 million acres – is managed by the Bureau of Land Management,” Senator Rosen continued. “I stand here today because our nation’s public lands are in danger – not just from the threat of climate change, or from the deadly wildfires which are raging across our nation’s Western states – but also from an unconfirmed and unaccountable acting head of the Bureau of Land Management, Mr. William Perry Pendley, and it is well past time for him to go.”
“Mr. Pendley must step down or be removed. I call on the President to nominate a qualified director through the standard confirmation process, one who understands the balance of conservation and development, and has respect for the job they would hold, because Nevadans can’t afford to find out if Mr. Pendley will put two thirds of our state on the chopping block,” Senator Rosen concluded.