United States Secretary of the Interior
Turns out that Deb Haaland, a Native American lawmaker determined to tackle climate change, scares Republicans bankrolled by the oil and gas industry.
The congresswoman from New Mexico would make history as the first Native American to serve as the top steward of America's public lands and waters.
At least two other top Interior Department officials have contracted the coronavirus in recent weeks.
Haaland would be "an excellent choice," said the speaker, amid reports that she resisted losing another House Democrat to the new administration.
Nothing is final yet, but the Native American congresswoman "has strong support" for the job, said a source familiar with the selection process.
Anonymous Biden allies are telling news outlets the Indigenous congresswoman is not qualified. "Of course it's offensive," said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).
“I can’t think of a better place for it to go than a place I helped found where kids can go and sled," the former interior secretary said.
The former interior secretary falsely claimed last week that all probes against him were “b.s.” and that he’d been totally cleared of wrongdoing.
The 43-mile pipeline was approved by the Trump administration after former Cadiz lobbyist David Bernhardt became deputy secretary of the interior.
David Bernhardt, a former fossil fuel lobbyist, was confirmed as the new Interior secretary four days ago.