Dem mocks Zinke over updated doors: 'Think how many dining sets you could have bought'
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Democratic Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg's media blitz House Intel votes to release report in Russia probe Top Intel Dem: Minority 'absolutely' plans to continue Russia witness interviews MORE (Calif.) mocked Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Regulation: Groups sue over decision to end pay-data rule | EU proposes tax on tech companies | Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases | Pruitt spent 5K on first class flights Overnight Energy: EPA says Pruitt's security detail flies first class | Lackluster offshore drilling sales | Oil companies snag leases near Bears Ears monument Zinke and his wife took security detail on vacation to Turkey, Greece: report MORE on Thursday over the price tag for his upgraded office doors, comparing it to expenditures by other Cabinet officials that have drawn scrutiny.

"What a waste. Just think how many dining sets you could have bought or private jets you could have chartered with that money," Schiff tweeted about news that the Interior Department spent $139,000 to upgrade the doors in Zinke's office.


Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, mocked Zinke while alluding to reports that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonWhite House aides planned to announce McMaster with other departures: report Warren battles Carson: Housing discrimination 'the scandal that should get you fired' Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial MORE spent $31,000 last year on a new dining room furniture set for his office.

The custom hardwood furniture for Carson's office far exceeded the allotted $5,000 for office renovations before congressional approval is required.

An Interior Department spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Thursday that upgrades to three sets of double doors in Zinke's office were part of a modernization plan ordered by career staff at the agency.

The spokeswoman blamed the cost on purchasing and preservation rules while noting that the upgrade included new security locks for the doors.