During public comments for the proposed changes to the Department of Interior regulations on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) we asked you to call Congress instead of submitting comments. WHE has submitted extensive comments, working with a coalition, on this important issue.
So many of you write to us saying “but I called, wrote, and I never see anything.” Over the last month you have helped “provide more time” for those of us on the frontline of many important issues. Your calls helped delay comments on devastating environmental changes in the Greater Sage Grouse plans. Your calls are helping to bring wild horses into the larger “public lands” conversations where so much is pending (we will write more on that soon).
YOUR calls have been pivotal to Congressional action to investigate, review and stop the proposed changes to the regulations that would allow things like BLM to hide “dirty deeds” in the wild horse program.
Raul Grijalva, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said it’s already difficult to get information from the Interior. He is requesting a public hearing into the proposed changes and a delay of four months to expand the opportunity for public input.
Please continue to call your representatives in Congress!
In part four of the “Information is Power” series we expand on our request, reasons and your participation. We are now asking YOU, even if you have already made a call, to call again. Below is a suggested script.
- Please stop the Department of Interior from making changes to 43 CFR Part 2, the Freedom of Information Act.
- Support a full investigation, as proposed by Congressman Raul Grijalva, into any and all moves by the Department of Interior to change FOIA regulations.
- The DOI must be stopped from any attempts to undermine the publics ability to gain information and participate in government as an informed citizen.
- If the DOI wants to decrease FOIA requests they find “burdensome,” they simply need to become more transparent.
- In addition we must have real hearing into the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program. In all of public land management there is no program more devoid of data, easily manipulated and used as a political pawn than this program. Any hearing into “extremism, misuse of tax payer funding, changes to transparency and/or violation of codes of ethical conduct, abuses of power” must include wild horses.
- Please look at OIG-17-0707 and Leigh et al v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management et al 3:2017cv00294
YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Those of us that can take the deep dives into policy, protocol and litigation thank you so much for your critical support! Your calls and emails matter. You need to contact your own representatives, not sign any petition we might create. Contact your legislators in the House and Senate CLICK HERE.
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For more information you can read our “Information is Power” series HERE.
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