Rep. Deb Haaland has become the first Native American Secretary of the Interior. Photo: U.S. House Office of Photography

WYOMING — Yesterday March 15, the Senate voted to confirm Deb Haaland as the Secretary of the Interior. Haaland is the first Native American to hold the position and lead a U.S Cabinet agency.

Most Republicans voted against her confirmation but with support from the democratic party, she secured the nomination in a 51-40 vote.

Wyoming Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis have both spoke out against her confirmation. Sen. Barrasso voted against her nomination following two days of questioning by the Senate Energy and Resource Committee. Barrasso is the ranking Republican on the committee.

Following the vote, Sen. Barrasso tweeted, “Representative Haaland’s extreme policy views, lack of substantive answers during the confirmation process, and full support for @POTUS’ war on American energy disqualify her for the job of @Interior Secretary.” adding to the thread,  “Her views on American energy fly in the face of the mission of the @Interior. I oppose her nomination & will continue to fight to protect America’s energy workers and energy dominance.”

Sen. Cynthia Lummis spoke on the Senate floor on March 11, urging her colleagues to vote against Haaland’s confirmation, call her “more radical in her positions than President Biden.”

Sen. Lummis did not attend the vote yesterday, In a press release following the vote, Lummis said she was unable to return to Washington in time for the final vote yesterday. Lummis put a procedural hold on the confirmation vote last week, citing concerns about “the radical climate agenda the Congresswoman has vocally supported.”

Lummis shared her opinion on the confirmation in the press release, she said, “While I love the particular charms of Wyoming winters, this weekend’s historic snowstorm has kept me from returning to Washington, D.C. to vote on the confirmation of Representative Deb Haaland. While Democrats in the Majority had the votes to confirm her as Secretary of the Interior, I’ve been proud to be a leading voice in opposition to Representative Haaland’s confirmation and the anti-energy, anti-jobs agenda for which she advocates. It is my hope that Rep. Haaland has heard, and taken to heart, the very real concerns of states like Wyoming that rely on energy production and use of public lands for our livelihoods. I will continue to fight at every turn against efforts from Rep. Haaland and the Biden Administration that seek to undermine Wyoming jobs and communities.”

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.