Republican Utah Congressman Chris Stewart, in referencing the standoff at the Bundy Ranch, said that the Bureau of Land Management does not need a heavily armed police force. In the light of what has taken place in the past couple of weeks, Stewart, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and freshman congressman, says that he will make an effort to cut funding for “paramilitary units” in the BLM, Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies. He will also require these agencies to work with local law enforcement, instead of bringing in their own armed troops.
“There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team,” Stewart said. “They’re regulatory agencies; they’re not paramilitary units, and I think that concerns a lot of us.”