Lamar Praises Departing Secretary

Maryville, TN (WDEF) – Shortly after President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke would be leaving the administration, Senator Lamar Alexander praised his service.

Highlighting how Zinke played a role in working to pass the Restore Our Parks Act, the Tennessee senator says the legislation could do more to restore national parks than anything that has happened in the last half century.

“The bill will cut in half the nearly $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog in our parks, and Secretary Zinke has visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park twice to discuss the importance of the bill. I’m grateful for his service and appreciative of the work he has done to help rebuild and restore our parks for generations to come.”

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