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Nomination of Representative Ryan Zinke to be US Secretary of the Interior

January 10, 2017


Tom Owens
Nomination of Representative Ryan Zinke to be US Secretary of the Interior
WASHINGTON, DC:  The following statement was released today by North America’s Building Trades Unions in support of the nomination of Representative Ryan Zinke to be the next United States Secretary of the Interior:
“North America’s Building Trades Unions is proud to support the nomination of Representative Ryan Zinke to become the next United States Secretary of Interior.
“Our unions have worked with Congressman Zinke over the course of his tenure in the United States House of Representatives, where he has demonstrated a practical, thoughtful and reasoned support for the economic interests of America’s blue-collar working families. 
“Congressman Zinke also understands the need for a pragmatic approach to the issue of conservation and reclamation, which our members practice daily.  Our members, our unions, and our contractors understand how important it is leave developed land in the same or better condition we found it.  Like Congressman Zinke, we believe in a realistic approach to the use of federal lands that balances the interests of the natural environment against responsible economic development and local concerns.
“Congressman Zinke has received praise from several conservation groups, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Friends of the East Rosebud, the Outdoor Industry Association, and the Teddy Roosevelt Conservancy Partnership, with which our Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is a strong partner.
“We urge the U.S. Congress to approve Representative Zinke’s nomination without any delay.”

North America's Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $1 billion in private sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world.