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Incoming House committee, led by foe of Zinke, aims for stricter DOI oversight

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, in line to become chair of the House Natural Resources Committee in January, hopes to set a new tone and attitude with the committee in its oversight work involving the Interior Department and its many bureaus. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, however, might have already ruined that working relationship by tweeting that the Arizona Democrat is a drunk wasting taxpayer money trying to cover up his missteps.

It shouldn't take long to discern whether that working relationship has gone off the rails even before the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives gets seated next month, as Grijalva intends to conduct more oversight of Interior than the committee under Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has since the Trump administration came into office.

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