Talking Points Memo reports:
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee is seeking details from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about a $139,000 project to upgrade doors in Zinke’s office. Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina asked Zinke to explain the need for the replacement doors and provide details about the project’s cost estimates, bids and final contract.
The letter from the Republican chairman comes after The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Interior is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade double doors in Zinke’s sixth-floor office overlooking the Washington Monument.
The Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based advocacy group, hailed Gowdy’s inquiry. “Welcome to the resistance, Chairman Gowdy,” said Ken Cook, the group’s president. “Taxpayer dollars flow out of the offices of Zinke and EPA chief Scott Pruitt like water from a fire hose,” Cook said, citing costs for first-class travel and other luxuries.