Rep. Pete Stauber, some GOP colleagues call on Biden to dump Interior nomination
January 27, 2021
WASHINGTON - Rep. Pete Stauber, who caused friction with tribal leaders in his district by opposing a congresswoman and tribal member as the new Interior Secretary, on Tuesday sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking that he withdraw her nomination.
The new Democratic president nominated Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to lead the agency that supervises federal lands around the country. Stauber, a Republican from northeastern Minnesota, cited Haaland's opposition to mining and fracking and her support for the Green New Deal, which emphasizes renewable energy sources over nonrenewable sources like oil and natural gas.
Fourteen House colleagues, all Republicans, joined Stauber on the letter. It called Haaland's nomination "a direct threat to working men and women and a rejection of responsible development of America's natural resources."