Department of The Interior (DOI)

House Dems threaten no salaries for commerce, justice officials who block interviews

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings
Rep. Elijah Cummings. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday threatened to withhold the salaries of officials at the departments of the Interior and Commerce if anyone "prohibits or prevents" interviews involved in 2 ongoing investigations.

"The Department does not appear to recognize that Congress is an independent and co-equal branch of government that will determine its own investigative steps without undue interference or delay by the Department."
— House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings letter to Cole Rojewski, DOI's director of congressional and legislative affairs

Trump administration rolls back offshore drilling safety rules

In this image, two men walk on a beach and clean tarballs.
Workers clean tarballs from the BP oil spill on Waveland beach Dec. 6, 2010, in Waveland, Mississippi. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Interior Department announced a rollback on an Obama-era offshore drilling safety rule put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP oil spil, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture, via Axios' Amy Harder: This is one of the most controversial regulatory rollbacks pursued by the Trump administration, due to the high-profile disaster that is still America's worst oil spill. 11 workers died in the BP incident, and oil spilled into the gulf from a ruptured well for nearly three months before it was capped.