All 47 Senate Democrats Ask Trump To Withdraw Controversial BLM Nominee

“All 47 members of the Senate's Democratic caucus signed a letter opposing President Trump’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), citing William Perry Pendley’s history of controversial comments and opposition to federal ownership of public lands.

In a letter to Trump, lawmakers ask the president to nominate a “new, qualified candidate” to lead the agency responsible for nearly 250 million acres of public lands.

“Mr. Pendley’s public record, including his advocacy for reducing public lands and access to them, routine attempts to undermine tribes, and climate change denial makes him unfit for the position,” they wrote in a letter led by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).”

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill August 11, 2020.