Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Colorado congressmen are trying to move the Bureau of Land Management to the West

Talk of shrinking the federal government has brought worries that Denver may lose some of the numerous agencies that have offices here, such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Today, two Republican members of Congress introduced a bill that could net Colorado a new agency. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton, both of Colorado, have proposed that the Bureau of Land Management move its headquarters from Washington, D.C. “Ninety-nine percent of the nearly 250 million acres of land managed by BLM is West of the Mississippi River, and having the decision-makers present in the communities they impact will lead to better policy,” Gardner said in a written release. Tipton said in the release that he was sure the Western Slope would join him in welcoming BLM, “but a move of the headquarters to any Western city would be welcome news.” The bill would allow BLM to move not just to Colorado but to 11 other Western states, including Alaska and California...more

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