"This type of cavalier and callous indifference for human safety is unacceptable," said Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren.
The Great American Outdoors Act will fix crumbling national park infrastructure and permanently support the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The administration is purging inspectors general from U.S. agencies. But these oversight officials have faced a slow strangling since Trump took office.
A high-ranking agency official jumped at the chance to discuss the department initiative with Steve Milloy, a zealous science denier.
The ex-Utah congressman, who in 2017 proposed selling off 3 million acres of public land, is on a mission to ensure people can flood national parks during a pandemic.
The Trump administration had resisted closing park services, until now.
Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley repeatedly dodged questions at an environmental journalism conference.
Agency officials have slammed the 1973 law as “a sword to tear down the American economy" and likened species listings to "incoming Scud missiles."
The 43-mile pipeline was approved by the Trump administration after former Cadiz lobbyist David Bernhardt became deputy secretary of the interior.
David Bernhardt’s apathy about the global crisis has become fuel for Democrats, including a few running for president.