Dem mocks Zinke over updated doors: 'Think how many dining sets you could have bought'
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Democratic Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Rosenstein drama dominates the day | Biz, regulators focus on 5G revolution | New questions over Trump cyber strategy Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee MORE (Calif.) mocked Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeUS to approve import of black rhino killed in hunt Zinke must change direction and support conservation Energy development will likely land one bird on the Endangered Species list 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 CarsonBen Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify Report: A third of Ben Carson’s appointees have no housing experience 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.