She has his vote
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he'll vote for Rep. Deb Haaland for interior secretary
February 25, 2021
WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Wednesday that he will vote for New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as interior secretary, clearing the way for her likely approval as the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency.
Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, had been publicly undecided through two days of hearings on Haaland's nomination by President Joe Biden. Manchin caused a political uproar last week by announcing plans to oppose Biden's choice for budget director, Neera Tanden, a crucial defection that could sink her nomination in the evenly divided Senate.
By contrast, Manchin said Haaland, Laguna and Jemez Pueblos, had earned his vote, despite disagreements over drilling on federal lands and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.