WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands.
In her first major address since taking office this spring, Jewell called on Congress to fight for parks and other public lands in the federal budget.
Jewell said lawmakers owe it to future generations to act. In remarks prepared for delivery Thursday, Jewell said lawmakers should consider what conservation legacy they will leave for the next 50 or 100 years, adding that "short-sighted funding and partisan gridlock" were unacceptable.
During the 16-day government shutdown, national parks became a political symbol as lawmakers bickered over who was to blame for closing the Grand Canyon National Park and other landmark sites.
Jewell's office released excerpts of her speech in advance.