The Department of the Interior is relocating hundreds of employees of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. throughout the western United States, and some of the bureaucrats aren’t happy to be moved from the capital.
The relocations of around 250 federal employees are mandatory. Selected BLM bureaucrats who decline to relocate closer to the great expanses of federal land the agency administers will be placed into removal proceedings.
The employees are slated to be moved to a new BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, and various field offices throughout the western United States.
Critics of the federal bureaucracy have increasingly called for the federal government to more evenly distribute the D.C. federal workforce throughout the country in recent years.
Sources describe the BLM workforce as reluctant to consider moving closer to the federal lands the agency administers as leadership seeks to direct them to. It’s unclear why the Land Management employees don’t want to move to the states most crucial to their agency’s daily operations, such as Arizona or Colorado.
Department of the Interior employees have pushed back on attempts to distribute the department’s workforce evenly in the past, preferring a model that would quarter the entity responsible for managing federal lands squarely in Washington, D.C.
The BLM has become somewhat of a controversial federal agency in recent years, in part because of dramatic “standoff” feuds with ranchers and rural Americans who object to what they see as encroaching attempts by the distant agency to dictate over and control their behavior.
If the Bureau of Land Management is unable to move the workforce into the western U.S. in order to better serve the citizens most prevalently affected by its operations, it’s likely that the agency would be able to find many qualified applicants for open positions who already reside in (and love) the western states in question.
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Chuck Schumer Threatens Supreme Court Justices: “You Will Pay the Price”
Chuck Schumer outright threatened two Supreme Court Justices when speaking at a pro-abortion event on Wednesday, using vengeful and vindictive language when discussing recent pro-life court case rulings reached by the court.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh…. You have unleashed the whirlwind, and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Such rhetoric might be expected in one of Kim Jong Un’s regular missive of threats against the United States. But it’s shocking to hear a sitting Senate Majority Leader slam nonpartisan Supreme Court Justices in such a bold fashion, totally disregarding the court’s traditional independence from everyday politics.
The rally by a pro-abortion group was being held in advance of an expected court ruling on a Louisiana abortion law. The law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at state hospitals.
Republican legislators slammed Schumer for his irresponsible and threatening rhetoric at the abortion rally after footage of his language was seen on Twitter.
Did Senate Democrat leader Schumer just threaten two conservative justices? Where is the media?
“I want to tell you Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch: You have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price”pic.twitter.com/MellytNNp5
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 4, 2020
Schumer may have been alluding to potential Democratic plans to impeach Kavanaugh, and possibly even Gorsuch, removing them from the Supreme Court. The Court’s now conservative majority has placed a major stumbling block in the way of the Left’s preferred strategy of seizing power through judicial activism.
Schumer’s unprecedented language, especially coming from a senior party official who should remain level-headed, demonstrates the Democratic Party’s willing to cast aside all formal norms of federal politics and government. They’re willing to do whatever it takes in order to get their way.
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