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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) faces what could be a contentious hearing on Tuesday as she seeks to convince lawmakers to confirm her to lead the Interior Department.
Haaland, who is backed by progressives, has expressed support for the Green New Deal and has opposed a controversial method of oil and gas extraction called fracking.
Some Republicans have expressed significant opposition to her nomination, with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) indicating that he could try to put a hold on her nomination - a move that will delay a vote but won't ultimately kill one if she has a majority.
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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), one of the Senate's crucial swing votes, his committee is "very open to hearing her and hopefully she'll have a good hearing" but would not explicitly state his position on the nomination. Haaland is scheduled to sit before the committee on Tuesday.
If Manchin ultimately decides to vote against President Biden's nominee, Democrats would have to try to dig up support from some moderate Republicans such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
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Haaland is supported by at least one Republican in the House, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who is set to introduce her at Tuesday's hearing.
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If confirmed, Haaland would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary and would lead a department that has significant responsibility for the country's 574 federally recognized tribes.
Some of her supporters have sought to underscore the significance of this point when urging lawmakers to support her, and some Republicans, like Murkowski, have large native constituencies.
In Haaland's opening statement, which was released on Monday, she acknowledged the importance of fossil fuels, a point which could be aimed at getting more reluctant members on her side.
"There's no question that fossil energy does and will continue to play a major role in America for years to come. I know how important oil and gas revenues are to fund critical services," the copy of her statement said.
"But we must also recognize that the energy industry is innovating, and our climate challenge must be addressed," Haaland plans to add. "Together we can work to position our nation and all of its people for success in the future, and I am committed to working cooperatively with all stakeholders, and all of Congress, to strike the right balance going forward. "
Susan Collins says she will support Deb Haaland for Interior secretary .
Sen. Susan Collins, a key moderate Republican from Maine, said Wednesday she will vote to confirm Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior secretary, further securing a likely successful confirmation for one of President Joe Biden's nominees."After examining Representative Deb Haaland's qualifications, reviewing her hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and meeting with her personally, I will vote to confirm her to be the Secretary of the Department of the Interior," Collins said in a statement.