BACKGROUND Not a lot of U.S. senators (there have been more House members) have actively called for investigation into the activities of the Bush Administration. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is one of them, pursuing - often individually - an inquiry into decision-making at the Department of Interior.
This week, on hearing that Colorado Senator Ken Salazar would be named Interior secretary, Wyden said that would be a good pick. (He and Salazar have worked together on several topics, often energy-related.)
He also, in speaking to Oregon Public Radio, added this: “The Obama Administration will have considerable follow-up work to do, given what [Interior official] Julie MacDonald did to hot-wire too many of these Endangered Species decisions to satisfy her political agenda.” And he said the investigation into the department's activities should be expanded. A new, comprehensive report on just that, developed at Wyden's instigation, was just released on Monday. (It takes something to get Wyden, normally diplomatic, to speak this way: "This report makes it crystal clear how one person’s contempt for the public trust can infect an entire agency.")
That isn't the outline of a legislator content to take a comfortable path, now that his side is - after a long haul in the minority - running things.
He could go to work on a wide range of subjects. According to Wyden's office, his focus will be on: (more…)