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 BishopHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe House GOP rolls out energy proposal to counter Democrats offshore drilling ban MORE (R-Utah) wants Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard to appear before the panel to discuss the Antiquities Act in light of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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 ClintonWhat did the Founders most fear about impeachment? The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Chelsea Clinton says she's not considering a bid for New York House seat MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings Obama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Like Obama, Trump finds Turkey's Erdogan is trouble MORE respectively. The company urged customers to speak out against the order and eventually sued Trump over it.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Future of controversial international hunting council up in the air Overnight Energy: Advisory panel pushes park service to privatize campgrounds | Dems urge Perry to keep lightbulb efficiency rules | Marshall Islands declares national climate crisis 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.