Apr 12, 2019
Westlands Former Lobbyist Confirmed to Head Interior Department: “The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate voted 56-41 to approve Bernhardt’s nomination to oversee the country’s public lands and resources. He succeeds Ryan Zinke, who resigned in January amid a series of ethics investigations. Bernhardt represented energy and agricultural interests until President Donald Trump picked him in April 2017 to be deputy secretary. … ” Read more from GV Wire here: Westlands Former Lobbyist Confirmed to Head Interior Department
David Bernhardt confirmed as Interior secretary despite ethics concerns: “David Bernhardt, President Trump’s pick to the lead the Interior Department, was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday amid persistent ethical concerns and doubts about his independence from the energy and water industry groups he long represented as a lobbyist. Senators voted 56-41 in favor of Bernhardt’s confirmation. Several Democrats crossed party lines to support the nominee, including Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted for confirmation. ... ” Read more from the LA Times here: David Bernhardt confirmed as Interior secretary despite ethics concerns
Senate confirms Bernhardt to head Interior
The Senate confirmed David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist and Interior Department veteran, to serve as the agency's 53rd secretary by a 56-41 vote on Thursday, rejecting ethics concerns raised by Democrats.
Four members of the Democratic caucus — Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Angus King (I-Maine) — joined with the unified Republican bloc to support Bernhardt’s confirmation.