Manchin backs Haaland to lead Interior Department

Manchin, the most pro-fossil fuels Democrat in the Senate, is seen as a crucial vote for Haaland’s nomination given the emerging opposition from Republicans.

2/25/2021 12:40:00 AM

Senate Energy Chair Joe Manchin said he supported the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Interior Department, delivering a crucial boost for Haaland to be the the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary

Manchin, the most pro-fossil fuels Democrat in the Senate, is seen as a crucial vote for Haaland’s nomination given the emerging opposition from Republicans.

By02/24/2021 04:33 PM ESTLink CopiedSenate Energy Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Wednesday he supported the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to lead the Interior Department, delivering a crucial boost for the New Mexico lawmaker to be the the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary.

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“While we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation’s energy independence,” he said in a statement. “I believe Deb Haaland will be a Secretary of the Interior for every American and will vote to confirm her.”

In particular, he cited praise from Rep. Don Young, a conservative Republican from Alaska, who introduced Haaland at the hearing and vouched for her bipartisan outreach. And Manchin also cited Haaland's comments during her two days of hearings where she reassured lawmakers that fossil fuels would remain a part of the domestic energy mix and vowed to help clean up abandoned mines. headtopics.com

Key context:Haaland avoided major mistakes during her hearing, even as GOP senators criticized her prior comments opposing fracking, fossil fuels and pipeline projects.Under questioning from Manchin, Haaland, one of the most progressive members of Congress, said she supported U.S. energy independence and acknowledged the country would “absolutely rely on the fossil energy” for the foreseeable future.

Waiting for the votes: Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) came out against Haaland's selection in a blistering statement, calling her “a hardline ideologue with radical views out of touch with Montana and the West.”Several other moderate senators, notably Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), have yet to state their position on Haaland’s nomination.

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JoeManchinWV must be reading the handwriting on the wall re: his future...and it's not a forgery. Manchin better start getting in board. They took him in the back room and reminded him of Trump's administration. Are we supposed to give him a cookie now? He’s a racist misogynistic ass. He needs to confirm neeratanden too.

Whew....Well, it's a good thing she didn't tweet anything too unfriendly about sitting senators. Manchin seems to be hurt easily by women’s mean comments. Men are such babies & sissies. Come on your slacking off. Should you have said Haaland is the first Native American red woman to serve as a cabinet secretary.