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Politics Zinke criticized for 'juvenile' comment at hearing

04:30  16 march  2018
04:30  16 march  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Democrats rebuked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for comments he made during a budget hearing about planned cuts to grant programs that fund institutions focusing on the history of Japanese-Americans.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is facing criticism after he responded to Rep. Among the lawmakers who also criticized Zinke were Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., and Sen. Zinke said at Thursday's hearing that any absence of future funding for the program "probably got caught up" among other

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Democrats rebuked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday for comments he made during a House budget hearing about planned cuts to grant programs that fund institutions focusing on the history of Japanese-Americans.

"The internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans is no laughing matter, @SecretaryZinke. What you thought was a clever response to @RepHanabusa was flippant & juvenile," Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Calif.) tweeted, sharing a clip of the exchange.

During the hearing, Zinke took a question from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), who told the Interior chief that she only recently learned of her family's history at the hands of internment camp officials due to the issue not being discussed by Japanese-Americans.

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  Interior spending $139K to fix doors in Sec. Zinke's office The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke.Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request about it from The Associated Press, spokeswoman Heather Swift said. The project was planned by career facilities and security officials as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building erected in 1938 a few blocks from the White House, she said."The secretary was not aware of this contract but agrees that this is a lot of money for demo, install, materials and labor," Swift said Thursday in an emailed statement.

Secretary Ryan Zinke , the leader of the Department of the Interior, is coming under fire for offering a Japanese What you thought was a clever response to @RepHanabusa was flippant & juvenile ," Sen. " Zinke 's comment betrayed a prejudice that being Asian makes you a perpetual foreigner.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is coming under criticism after he responded with a "flippant" comment to a congresswoman's story about her grandfathers' detention in internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II.

"I believe it is essential that we as a nation recognize our darkest moments so we don't have them repeat again," Hanabusa told Zinke.

"Oh, konnichiwa," Zinke said in response before answering Hanabusa's question.

"I think it's still 'ohayo gozaimasu' [good morning], but that's OK," Hanabusa said, following a brief silence.

In a tweet Thursday evening, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said the comment was offensive whether Zinke meant it to be or not.

"No better example of why we need continued support for historical sites where the rights of Japanese Americans were violated b/c of race," Chu wrote.

"Zinke's comment betrayed a prejudice that being Asian makes you a perpetual foreigner. Intentional or not, it's offensive. He should apologize," she added.

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  Interior spending $139K to upgrade doors in Zinke's office The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke.Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request about it from The Associated Press, spokeswoman Heather Swift said. The project was planned by career facilities and security officials as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building erected in 1936 a few blocks from the White House, she said.

Bastien said Duval Hesler's comments during the hearings and her upcoming speech "makes me believe that she might well be a partisan judge, that she has an agenda." Additionally, Duval Hesler's comments about "visual allergies" suggests a contempt for one of the positions, he said.

Zinke says 'Konnichiwa' after hearing WWII story. Washington (CNN) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended his "konnichiwa" response to a Japanese-American congresswoman by suggesting it was an "appropriate salute" given he has "friends that were Japanese families" who lived through the US

Thousands of Japanese-Americans were interned by the U.S. government during World War II. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties act, formally apologizing for the program and granting $20,000 in compensation to any Japanese-American interned during the war.

Zinke said during the hearing Thursday that he was committed to preserving history, and that the funding may have been caught up in other budget cuts.

The Interior Department has faced criticism for its budgets under the Trump administration, in particular Zinke's plan to raise the fee for entering national parks.

Oversight panel seeks details on Interior's pricey doors .
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 is asking 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.

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