The bill establishes four new national monuments and permanently reauthorizes the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund.
“I’ve been shot at before. I’m very comfortable with it," the Interior secretary and former Navy SEAL said.
“The Arctic Refuge isn’t a bank — drilling there won’t pay for the tax cuts the Senate just passed.”
A woman has accused the senator of groping her without consent, and his colleagues say the claims should be taken seriously.
One Democratic senator said a new bill would turn a protected area "into a petroleum reserve" if it passed.
“The notion that we, tonight, after 60-plus years, would give up what is a biologically important area ... for what? For oil we don’t need?”