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Senators Questioned Reid Aide As New BLM Head

From the Las Vegas Journal-Review:

Senator challenges Nevadan’s experience to head BLM

By STEVE TETREAULT | December 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — Fallout from the Senate’s fight over filibusters ended up falling Tuesday on the Nevadan nominated to head the Bureau of Land Management.

At a Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., challenged Neil Kornze’s credentials to lead the agency, saying federal law requires a director to have “broad background and substantial experience in natural resource management.”

“I remain concerned you lack the experience required for the position of BLM director,” Barrasso told Kornze, noting recent BLM Directors Bob Abbey and Jim Caswell each had logged more than 30 years as public lands managers before heading the agency.

Kornze, 35, worked at the BLM in Washington since January 2011, and became the functioning head of the agency when when Abbey retired last year. Before joining the BLM, he worked for eight years in the office of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., rising to become senior policy adviser on public lands…

Barrasso said the scrutiny of Kornze was justified in light of Reid’s move as Senate majority leader last month to force a change in Senate rules to outlaw filibusters on federal nominations.

“Now that the majority leader who happens to have been your boss has eliminated the rights of the minority in the confirmation process, it is more important than ever that the committee weigh the qualifications of all nominees,” Barrasso said at the hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“It is imperative this committee make clear the lower threshold for confirmation does not mean a lower standard for nominees,” Barrasso said. BLM director “is not a position for on-the-job training.”

We remember how a lot of people thought it was strange that Reid would pull ‘the nuclear option’ on federal nominees at the time he did. It didn’t make any sense. But maybe now it does.

Maybe Reid really wanted his man in charge of the BLM so that his Chi-Com solar plant would go through without a hitch. And he could get the disputed grazing land at Gold Butte for ‘mitigation.’

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2 Responses to “Senators Questioned Reid Aide As New BLM Head”

  1. Helena says:

    Make that, read these 4 articles.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    It’s as if they are trying to pack-in as many scandals as possible at the same time, a la Cloward-Piven’s strategy of overwhelming the system.

    I have no idea why federal agents continue to “just follow orders” from the most lawless government we have ever seen. It didn’t work at the Nuremberg Trials, and I can’t fathom that people haven’t learned their lessons from the beyond-tragic 20th Century. Are we and our citizens no different than Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Communist trash-heaps such as Cambodia? Or even Ruby Ridge or Waco?

    The only thing I am shocked about, is that the federal agents didn’t pick off a few ranchers who protested their tyranny. I think in the future, they will learn from this incident, and open fire, blaming, propagandizing, and trumping up charges against anyone who dares to oppose the government juggernaut.

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