Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to Vote on Haaland’s Nomination as Secretary of the Interior
Representative Deb Haaland appeared today and yesterday in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, as part of a historic confirmation process that would make her the first Native American person to hold a cabinet-level position. President Joe Biden nominated Representative Haaland as Secretary of the Interior in December. During her opening remarks, Representative Haaland emphasized her experiences as a Pueblo woman, her work in Congress as Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, and her commitment to bipartisan efforts to protect public lands and move our energy industry forward.
Representative Haaland took questions from members of the committee for several hours and repeatedly demonstrated her experience and expertise on issues ranging from tribal sovereignty to climate change.
“Representative Haaland made it unequivocally clear today that her knowledge, passion, and experience make her the right person to take on the responsibilities of Secretary of the Interior,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “As a fierce advocate for New Mexico, Representative Haaland has shown that she can work across the aisle to enact the sort of forward-thinking policies that we need in our federal government. As this confirmation process begins, it’s clear that she will continue to make New Mexicans proud as a voice for all those who cherish and value our nation’s natural resources.”