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Zinke defends plan to raise park fees amid flap over travel

 

March 14, 2018

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testifies before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a committee hearing on the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2019 Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

By MICHAEL BIESECKER

MATTHEW DALY

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristled Tuesday under questioning by Democrats about his travel spending as the Trump administration seeks deep cuts to conservation programs and fee increases at national parks.

Zinke testified before a Senate committee about the agency's proposed $11.7 billion budget for 2019.

He has proposed doubling entry fees during peak seasons at some of the nation's most popular national parks to help make up for an $11 billion backlog in needed maintenance. Meanwhile, an Interior advisory committee has...



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