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A group of mostly Washington, D.C. representatives is asking House appropriators to ensure funds will not be used to move the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) outside of the nation’s capital, according to a report by The Hill.

After BLM sent 159 letters to employees informing them of their job locations, a group of Democrat D.C.-area lawmakers wrote a letter to Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), the lead on the subcommittee handling the Department of the Interior’s budget.

“With only a fraction of reassignment employees opting to relocate, we are extremely concerned that moving forward with the relocation would increasingly jeopardize oversight not to mention the protection of public lands from oil and gas interests,” the lawmakers wrote.

“We urge you to prohibit the use of funds under any authority to relocate the BLM.”

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