The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico is a historic figure. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first American Indian cabinet secretary. But Democrats and White House officials told CNN that they expect the hearing to be very intense, and some Republicans have spoken out against their so-called “extreme” and “radical” views on energy and environmental issues.
A key question for nominating her future is whether Joe Manchin, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and one of the most conservative Senate Democrats, will support the proposal. Manchin has not yet opened the court in advance-he has not yet indicated whether he will vote to confirm Haaland.
Manchin said on Monday: “We are very willing to listen to her voice and hope she will listen well.”
Haaland is also expected to directly thank Manchin for convening the hearing and “share with me the problems and needs of the people he represents in West Virginia.”
An official who accepted the confirmation process told CNN that the Democratic Party is defending the Haaland case, which focuses on the bipartisan legislative record and extensive cooperation with public land and wildlife. Perhaps most importantly, I hope her supporters argue that Harland believes that every job is important-with the transition to a clean energy future, oil, gas and coal jobs will remain an important part of the US economy.
Republicans have repeatedly stated that the Biden administration will kill jobs through its clean energy agenda, and Harlan supports this. The Democrats plan to counter that Harland’s hometown of New Mexico relies on oil and gas revenue to fund its schools and help its economy.
Manchin was asked whether the hydraulic fracturing ban on public lands would affect Haran’s nomination-and said that the hydraulic fracturing ban “would not benefit her or others”.
Republicans expressed concern about her opposition to new leases of oil and gas exploration on federal land, and expressed concern about the fact that she supported the “Green New Deal,” which was created by Rep. Alexander Ocasio, a Progressive Democrat. · Advocated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Haaland has said in the past that she “wholeheartedly” opposed hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public land and was the initiator of the “Green New Deal” resolution co-sponsored by the House of Representatives.
Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, recently tweeted: “The nominee for the Secretary of the Interior participated in a pipeline protest against hydraulic fracturing,” which may indicate how Republicans will attack the nomination.
In a letter last month, House Republicans called on Biden to withdraw the nomination, citing her position on the Green New Deal and oil and gas leases on federal land.
The letter warned: “The nomination of Harlan’s representative poses a direct threat to men and women who are working and refuses to undertake responsible development of American natural resources.”
The Republican House of Representatives will not vote during the Senate confirmation process, but arguments against the nomination are likely to be supported by members of the party in the upper house.
The nominated supporters and opponents have been trying to debate before the hearing.
The Global Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Rocky Mountain Tribe Leadership Council launched a campaign to support Harlan where the states and senators who voted on behalf of the important Senate expressed criticism of the nomination.
Billboards with Haaland characteristics have risen in Montana, Republican Senator Steve Daines (Steve Daines) said he is “worried” about the nomination and will also appear in West Virginia and Wyoming. Utah and South Dakota.
Kathleen Sgamma, chairman of the Western Energy Union, issued a statement before the confirmation hearing, saying: “Rep. Deb Haaland is very committed to maintaining the oil and gas development performance of the states and regions he represents. Hostile.”
The confirmation hearing was conducted while Biden’s other high-profile nominees were being reviewed.
If confirmed, Harlan will become part of Biden’s plan to address the climate crisis and reduce carbon emissions. Biden has put forward an ambitious climate agenda to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants by 2035, and proposes wider public investment in green infrastructure, including $2 trillion for clean energy projects.
The U.S. Department of the Interior protects and manages the country’s natural resources and cultural heritage, and oversees the relationship between the federal government and Native American tribes.
The nomination marks a major victory for a coalition of progressives and indigenous leaders that have worked tirelessly to elevate one of their own to a powerful federal seat overseeing natural resources, public lands, and Indian affairs.
Haaland’s fierce advocacy for climate justice policies and indigenous rights made her a champion of the New Left.
Before running for Congress in 2018, single mother Haland took part in protests against the Dakota access pipeline project, which plans to reach 1,200 miles from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline was led under a reservoir near the Stanford Roxfort Reserve, which caused legal challenges and ultimately led to large-scale demonstrations and camps that brought together indigenous and environmental activists from all over the country.
Harland tweeted in December: “A voice like me has never been a cabinet secretary or head of the interior ministry.” “Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo family, it made me Be ferocious. I will be ferocious for all of us, our planet, and all our protected lands. I feel honored and ready to serve.”
CNN’s Kate Sullivan, Liz Stark, Greg Krieg and Jasmine Wright contributed to this report.