Senate committee to review BLM nominee

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Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford and others on a Senate Committee might vote Tuesday on the President’s nomination of another former Obama administration official to be a top official in the Bureau of Land Management.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources plans a hearing to consider the nomination of Laura Daniel-Davis to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management.

During a September hearing where Daniel-Davis testified, Sen. Lankford expressed concerns about growing bureaucratic levels regarding oil and gas development on BLM controlled lands.

He questioned her about routine requests that were no longer routine.

“They’re a lot slower now to be able to get approvals,” said the Senator.

Daniel-Lewis served as a deputy chief if staff for then-Congressman Mark Udall from 2007 to 2009 then became an associate deputy secretary and chief of staff at the Department of Interior in the Obama administration.

Following Donald Trump’s election, she became a vice president for the National Wildlife Federation until 2020. The Federation is among those groups encouraging the Senate confirmation of Daniel-Davis.

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