In conformation hearing, Vela declines to say whether he supports DC protest fee; will study issue

President Trump’s nominee to lead the National Park Service wouldn’t say Thursday whether he would support efforts to limit where protesters can rally and charge activists for the costs of securing large demonstrations.

In his first public appearance before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, David Vela was asked only once about the proposals, which would alter the way protests are managed in and around some of the District’s most iconic landmarks.

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Thursday to advance the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to lead the Interior Department, sending her nomination to the full Senate. The

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