Department of Interior

4 big questions about the feds’ scrutiny of oil and gas leasing on public lands

BY: - March 22, 2021

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden paused new oil and gas leasing on federal lands as his administration reviewed fossil fuel development policy. Now that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has taken office, the administration is gearing up to begin that process. A forum comprising the energy industry, conservation groups, labor organizations and […]

Senate confirms Haaland as first-ever Native American to serve in the Cabinet

BY: - March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president’s Cabinet. In a narrow 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of Interior, where she will run […]

Haaland confirmation vote for Interior on tap, despite GOP opposition

BY: - March 10, 2021

The Senate is expected to vote within days on the confirmation of U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, despite procedural barriers Republicans from Montana and Wyoming announced Tuesday. Republican Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming placed holds on Haaland’s nomination, meaning the chamber now must take an […]

Biden Interior secretary pick likely to face rocky confirmation hearing

BY: - February 22, 2021

U.S. Senate Republicans may use this week’s Interior confirmation hearing for U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, running the risk of alienating Native Americans in Western states. GOP U.S. Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Steve Daines of Montana sit on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, […]

Biden makes Granholm pick for Energy official

BY: and - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The Democrat also tapped and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. The selections were announced as […]

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks under spending bill

BY: - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum is pushing the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks — and she’s gaining some traction this year as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows. The Minnesota Democrat, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Interior Department, […]

Next up for Nessel: Taking on Trump over Endangered Species Act rollback

BY: - September 28, 2019

The President Trump administration’s rules weakening the 1973 Endangered Species Act — which was written by the late Michigan U.S. Rep. John Dingell — is being challenged by a coalition of state attorneys general, including Michigan. In August, the U.S. Interior and Commerce departments announced final rule changes, including mandating that regulators must look at […]

U.S. House lawmakers fume after Trump Interior dept. sends them useless pages

BY: - September 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike are irked by how the U.S. Interior Department has responded — or failed to respond — to their oversight requests.  “The Trump administration has declared open war on Congress’ constitutional authority to conduct oversight,” said U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee.  Of […]