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Martin Heinrich speaks with Deb Haaland before her historic confirmation vote to lead the USDOI.

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2021) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after voting in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to advance the nomination of President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.). The Committee voted 11 to 9 to advance Congresswoman Haaland’s nomination to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote.

“I am pleased that Congresswoman Haaland’s confirmation is advancing, and I am eager for the full Senate to take up her nomination so she can get to work protecting our natural heritage for future generations.

“I am confident Congresswoman Haaland will use the best available science to restore our landscapes, open up new outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone, put our public lands to work in confronting the climate crisis, and help Indian Country recover and rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic. She will be a true partner for Western states like New Mexico as we diversify our economy, invest in our communities, and remain a global leader in producing and exporting energy.

“I sincerely hope the other members of the Senate will join me in supporting her historic nomination.”

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