Haaland confirmation vote for Interior on tap despite GOP opposition

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The Senate is expected to vote within days on the confirmation of U. S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, despite procedural barriers Republicans from Montana and Wyoming announced Tuesday. . . Republican Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming placed holds on Haalands nomination, meaning the chamber now must take an additional procedural vote before advancing to a final vote on her confirmation. But Lummis and Daines moves will likely not hurt Haalands chances of eventually being confirmed as Interior secretary. Senate moderates seen as potential swing votesincluding Republicans Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III have pledged their support. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. , said Tuesday he planned to vote for Haalands confirmation and that Daines hold would only delay bipartisan approval. . . Its an attempt to hold up the nomination, Tester said. I think shes fit for the job. . . Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on Haalands confirmation Tuesday, which indicates the Senate will soon take the procedural vote, followed by a final vote. . . Haaland, a Democratic House member from New Mexico, would make history by becoming the first Native American to join a presidential Cabinet. . . Daines and Lummis tied their opposition to Biden administration energy policies, including a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and the cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. . . Haalands record is clear. she opposes pipelines

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