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Come testify before Congress – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump announced he would shrink two national monuments in Utah designated by past Democratic administrations, Native American tribes and environmental groups responded by mounting lawsuits and protests against what they viewed as a culturally and environmentally detrimental, and illegal, action.

More unexpectedly, another group – outdoor clothing retailers – joined the fray, too. Leading that corporate protest was Patagonia, which sued the Trump administration, too, over its decision to reduce in size the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments.

“This government is evil and I’m not going to sit back and let evil win,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, said on CNN last week.

Now a prominent Utah lawmaker, who urged the Trump administration to roll back what he saw as federal overreach in his state and has since defended the decision, is asking Chouinard to come to Congress.

On Friday, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, sent a letter to the Patagonia founder inviting him to testify in front of his committee.

“There is much public interest in this matter,” Bishop wrote to Chouinard. “It is apparent through multiple media accounts and appearances that you have strong feelings on the topic as well.”

Bishop continued: “As part of this continuing process, I wish to invite you to testify before the Committee about your views on federal land management.”

The letter, in which Bishop writes he wants “all perspectives to be presented fairly and respectfully,” is amicable turn in what had turned into acrimonious public feud between Republicans and Patagonia.

“Mr. Chouinard and Patagonia have clearly chosen to engage in the public policy debate,” Bishop spokeswoman Katie Schoettler wrote by email. “Mr. Chouinard should have the opportunity to articulate and defend Patagonia’s position publicly as well as the chance to hear directly from those who have a different perspective. We are hopeful he will accept the invitation.”

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