Senate confirms Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary by narrow margin

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland as the Biden administration’s secretary of the interior by a margin of 51-40, The Hill reported

While the votes to confirm Haaland were overwhelmingly from Democrats, Republican Sens. Lindsay Graham (SC), Susan Collins (ME), Dan Sullivan (AK), and Lisa Murkowski (AK) voted to confirm her as well.

“War on energy”

Confirmation votes from Alaska Sens. Sullivan and Murkowski are particularly surprising given the fact that Haaland has shown hostility to the fossil fuel industry, a key part of their state’s economy.

Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso blasted Haaland for her alignment with President Joe Biden’s “war on energy.”

“Representative Haaland’s extreme policy views, lack of substantive answers during the confirmation process, and full support for President Biden’s war on American energy disqualify her for the job of Interior Secretary,” he said in a statement released on Monday, The Hill reported.

Haaland’s “views on American energy fly in the face of the mission of the Department of the Interior,” the lawmaker added.

While Murkowski acknowledged her suspicions that Haaland may not be the best person for the job, she indicated that her race — Haaland is Native American — should be a factor.

Murkowski cites Haaland’s race

Murkowski told reporters Monday, “I wish that I could say, ‘yes, I’ve got every degree of confidence.’ I don’t so my obligation is to make sure I am on top of this all the time.”

“It was significant that you have a Native American woman who will be in a position really oversee, if you will, those lands that are part of their homeland,” she continued, according to The Hill.

She added, “There is clearly that sense of pride, but as important as that is, it is more important that a woman who has achieved this historic position then lives up to it.”

For his part, Sullivan said that although it was a difficult decision, he believes helping to confirm Haaland might provide him with the opportunity to influence her decision making.

“I believe that my vote to confirm Congresswoman Haaland as Secretary of the Interior may enhance my ability to successfully advocate for a ceasefire in the Biden administration’s war on the Alaska economy and working families,” Sullivan said in a statement Monday.

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  1. Biden should really get some energy. When things need to get done right, he is not dependable. Clean Green to him means money that has been turned over from Communist Foreign Governments. Let me buy that extra Mercedes for Hunter as a con for being bribed by our pals in the Wuhon Lab to keep Dr. Fauci’s secret. He is the best.

  2. Deb HAALand the new dept. of Interior who is also a Native American and a highly educated Lady. She is from New Mexico who has little arable land but has much fossil fuel.. The sale of this fossil fuel already benefits the residents of New Mexico.. That will stop as she follows Biden’s orders on doing away with all fossil fuel.. It appears to me that she wishes to put the folks in N.M. all back onto the welfare rolls. In the meantime the government planes still fly and naval ships still sail and hundreds of government cars till rack up the miles. Almost 100% of all of those miles is still accomplished on fossil fuels.. Does that mean that we must import into the USA our energy needs when are sitting on a sea of fossil fuels? Does it mean that we enrich the Middle East many of who hate us and will charge accordingly.

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  4. Lindsey graham is a rhino. He acts like he is all over the democrats but in truth he loves them. Maybe he will never get elected again. I would not have voted for anyone making us get oil and gas from different countries when we have our own. Biden is ruining america. We need to get rid of biden harris and every democrat and rhino in congress, mayor’s , and attorney general’s. They are all corrupt.

  5. It just goes to show you that Murkowski and Graham as well as Collins and Sullivan are in the wrong Party. They are cowards all and vote because of race instead of ability and what they stand for. How long has the Republican Party been dealing with these same characters regarding their stance on Bills that the rest of the Republicans knew were against common sense and our country’s survival? Again the race of the person takes us down the road to destruction. God help us because our own Party won’t.

  6. That we have senators who vote based on skin color instead of what’s good for our country is mind boggling. They should be impeached for not upholding their oath of office.

  7. Agree with all posts! Just because she is a Native American should NOT be a reason to confirm her! Bieng right for the job should be the consideration, NOT ethnicity! Again playing the race card! This is ludicrous! Those rinos should be voted out! They aren’t standing up for the people, as usual!

    1. if dat bees dah Kase puddy, then you replaying dah race card?! ann you are wurst den dah dikheds trin to dismount the rider? and she can outrun you, Patti. repatriations go to the injuns, not the mud crawlers.

  8. Those that violate the constitution are treasonous. I took an othe to defend the constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic.🇺🇸⚓VETERAN.

  9. So these politicians voted her in because she’s not white. Just another example out of many of the anti-white racism in this country’s govt. Most of the racism is from the Democrats, but some is coming from the Republicans also. They’re also the same scum who are always yapping about white supremacy, when in fact THEY’RE the ones who are the racists!!!

  10. US Supreme Court, 1 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20543
    You cannot call or email — you must write a letter!!!
    Write to them tell the cowards we want them to look in to the voter fraud.
    The KKK was started and ran by the Democrats as a way to control the people, isn’t this cancel culture the same thing. Read your history.
    If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we will be led like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington

  11. The Never-Ending Parade of Horrible’s by Joe. I hope we get out of His Administration without the Complete and Utter Destruction of America that once was.

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