Interior Sec. Bernhardt lampoons Cox’s demand on public lands bill

It’s not often a Cabinet official will take a member of Congress to task. It’s even rarer when they do it in public.

Sadly, Rep. TJ Cox (D–Fresno) wound up as the victim of a virtual mocking at the hands of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Saturday, while lauding the House of Representatives approval of the Great Outdoors Act – a bill which would fund a billions of dollars in deferred maintenance in American public lands – Cox tweeted out footage of his floor speech, recorded on Wednesday, and demanded President Donald Trump sign the law.

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, the Cabinet official tasked with eventually implementing the soon-to-be law, offered Cox a short-term history lesson.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) also chimed in at Cox’s expense, noting that Trump had encouraged passage of the law on Wednesday.

Cox issued no comment in reply to either of the men.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.