Final Vote on Deb Haaland's Confirmation to Take Place Next Monday
March 12, 2021
WASHINGTON - Despite opposition in the Senate from some GOP senators, Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination to become the next secretary of the U.S Department of the Interior is on track for a final vote on Monday. A tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, Haaland is poised to become the first Native American to serve in a presidential cabinet.
On Tuesday, Republican senators Steve Daines (MT) and Cynthia Lummis (WY) placed Haaland's nomination on hold. Daines, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cited Haaland's opposition to pipelines and fossil fuels as his reasoning.
"Despite Republican obstruction, Rep. Haaland will be confirmed," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said. Schumer stated on the Senate floor that the body will begin Haaland's confirmation process this week.