WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting to confirm Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior. Today, the Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee by a vote of 51-40.
“This is a proud day for New Mexico. I voted to confirm Congresswoman Haaland to lead the U.S. Department of Interior because I know she will do an excellent job protecting our natural heritage for future generations,” said Heinrich. “I am confident that soon-to-be Secretary Haaland will use the best available science to restore our landscapes, open up new outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone, put our public lands to work in confronting the climate crisis, and help Indian Country recover and rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic. She will be a true partner for Western states like New Mexico as we diversify our economy, invest in our communities, and remain a global leader in producing and exporting energy.”