Wednesday’s announcement by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that he will support New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to be interior secretary likely means the committee will approve her.
His announcement followed one by Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford that he would not support the Democratic Congresswoman from New Mexico who if confirmed, will become the first ever Native American to serve in the post.
“—Rep. Haaland’s legislative record and testimony demonstrate her commitment to an unrealistic energy reality. I cannot support her nomination to serve as the Secretary of the Interior,” stated Lankford on Wednesday.
Manchin is considered to be a “moderate” Democrat from West Virginia and had been publicly undecided through the two days of hearings on the nomination.