I met with Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch in a Capitol office. The Supreme Court is visible through the window.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s record-setting visitation proves it is “one of America’s greatest treasures”
More than 11 million visitors came to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016, the U.S. National Park Service Centennial. I was fortunate to mark the 100th anniversary by hiking in the Smokies with Tennessee students and Superintendent Cassius Cash and honoring the service of park employees. The park’s dedicated employees and nearly 2,250 volunteers – who donated over 100,000 hours of service – had a busy year and deserve a lot of credit for welcoming a 11,312,785 visitors. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of America’s greatest treasures – and it has a tremendous economic impact in East Tennessee. I hope even more visitors will come to the park in 2017 which will help the area rebuild and recover from the deadly wildfires that spread through Sevier County and Gatlinburg in November.
Here is my statement on Andy Puzder’s nomination:
Andy Puzder has the experience and ability to make an excellent Labor Secretary, but I respect his decision. He understands the difficulties American workers face in a rapidly changing workforce and I look forward to continuing to hear his insights.
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