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Hoeven Statement on the Confirmation of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary

Hoeven Statement on the Confirmation of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary

Bozeman entrepreneur Greg Gianforte spoke on Wednesday praising Ryan Zinke's confirmation as President Trump's Secretary of the Interior.

The Senate voted 68-31 in Zinke's favor - a solid margin for a Trump cabinet appointee after a handful of other nominees were approved by a razor's-edge.

With Zinke at the helm, Trump's Interior Department is set to prioritize coal, oil and natural gas development over renewable projects on federal lands and waters.

"As long as he serves in this role, the people of the United States will look to Secretary Zinke to safeguard public lands, reject fossil fuel extraction that jeopardizes our climate, and protect imperiled wildlife", Caputo said.

The Interior Department is on the front lines of Trump's repeated pledge to expand US energy development and remove "obstacles" to exploration. Forty percent of USA output comes from federal lands that are mostly in Wyoming and Montana. Steve Daines, R-Montana, who will deliver remarks immediately before the vote, the historic confirmation will take place at 8:30 a.m. Montana Standard Time.

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The White House is expected to issue an executive order soon reversing former President Barack Obama's temporary moratorium on coal leasing on US lands, which is part of a wider review of the program.

Zinke also pledged to tackle an estimated $12 billion backlog in maintenance and fix at national parks and stand firm against attempts to sell, give away or transfer federal lands.

Zinke also told senators during his confirmation hearing that he is intent on addressing the backlog of maintenance at national parks.

In January, Zinke's nomination passed the muster of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on a 16-6 vote.


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