House chairman invites Patagonia founder to testify on monuments

House chairman invites Patagonia founder to testify on monuments

A House chairman has invited the founder of outdoor retailer Patagonia to testify before his committee amid an ongoing clash between the two over national monuments.

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Overnight Energy: Panel gives chairman power to subpoena Interior | House passes bill to protect wilderness | House Republicans propose carbon capture bill | Ocasio-Cortez introduces bill to ban fracking House Natural Resources gives Grijalva power to subpoena Interior MORE (R-Utah) wants Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard to appear before the panel to discuss the Antiquities Act in light of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE’s decision to significantly shrink two national monuments in Utah.

The invitation comes after Bishop and the Trump administration attacked Patagonia for the company’s criticism of the monuments order.


Patagonia said “the president stole your land” after shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, which were established by former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina To deter war with China, US must commit to defend Taiwan 6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders top target at CPAC Obama warns against 'unauthorized use' of his image to mislead voters in cease-and-desist letter MORE respectively. The company urged customers to speak out against the order and eventually sued Trump over it.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInternational hunting council disbands amid litigation Europe deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks MORE, who recommended the resizing, criticized the company to reporters, calling it a “special interest.” Bishop’s committee did the same, parodying the Patagonia message and claiming the company is “lying to you” and pandering to “wealthy elitist urban dwellers from New York to San Francisco.”

In a letter to Chouinard on Friday, Bishop said “it is apparent through multiple media accounts and appearances that you have strong feelings on the topic.”

“The committee believes that major public policy decisions involving millions of acres of public land should be discussed, debated, and considered in the light of day,” Bishop wrote.

“The committee also believes it is important to understand and allow for all perspectives to be presented fairly and respectfully.”

“We first learned of this invitation through press reports. We are reviewing the invitation now and will get back to the committee as soon as we are able,” Corley Kenna, a Patagonia spokesperson, told The Hill.