WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s announcement that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will have a national headquarters in Washington, D.C. in addition to the headquarters in Grand Junction, CO.
“The Biden administration’s answer for everything is to double the size of government,” said Barrasso. “The Bureau of Land Management doesn’t need two headquarters. What the bureau needs is an honest director who doesn’t bring shame to the agency. The single headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management belongs in the West, closer to the resources it manages and the people it serves.”
On August 10, 2020, Secretary Bernhardt signed Secretarial Order 3382. The order states that the Department of the Interior (DOI) “determined that the public interest is best served by relocating BLM's Headquarters to the western United States.”