Daines, Rosendale oppose Interior nominee Haaland | 406 Politics

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, left, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, center, and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale.

Montana’s congressional Republicans are opposing the confirmation of Interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland, the first Native American selected for a Presidential Cabinet.

U.S. Sen Steve Daines announced late Friday he wouldn’t support Haaland’s confirmation to lead the Department of the Interior, saying the U.S. Representative from New Mexico would be bad for oil, gas and coal.

Daines met with Haaland Friday. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Montana Republican will be among the first lawmakers to vet the enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna.

“After our conversation, I’m deeply concerned with the Congresswoman’s support on several radical issues that will hurt Montana, our way of life, our jobs and rural America, including her support for the Green New Deal and President Biden’s oil and gas moratorium, as well as her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline,” Daines said in a statement.

“I am also concerned by the responses I received about the role of the Department and lack of appreciation for issues that impact Montana such as wildlife management and hunting and sportsman access. I’m not convinced the Congresswoman can divorce her radical views and represent what’s best for Montana and all stakeholders in the West. Unless my concerns are addressed, I will block her confirmation.”

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