Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) teed off on President Barack Obama on Monday for his attempt to designate millions of acres of land in his home state, a move that Young and others said would make it harder for Alaska to develop its resources.
Young joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Dan Sullivan (R) in a press conference reacting to Obama's Sunday announcement. All three said the Obama administration failed to consult with Alaska's congressional delegation at all.
"King George Obama really believes he didn't have to acknowledge laws that were passed by the Congress," Young said. "He's done this on numerous occasions. He ignores us, he lectures the legislative body, 'you're not important, I'm the king.' "
"Disgusting for the nation, disgusting for the people," Young added. "This man, this person has gone completely whacko. This is an attack upon the state, attack upon previous laws, attack upon the nation."
Young questioned the premise of Obama's decision, which seemed to be that people and wildlife can't co-exist.
"The idea that man and wildlife can't be compatible is stupid," he said.
Murkowski said she wasn't contacted at all about the decision to designate 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
"I don't know whether you just don't give a rip about Alaska, or whether you just don't think about us at all," she said of the administration's attitude toward Congress.