Zinke defends plan to raise park fees amid flap over travel
Last updated 3/14/2018 at 11:13am
By MICHAEL BIESECKER
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...