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Haaland expected to face contentious confirmation hearing over Interior nomination

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Representative Debra Haaland (D-NM) speaks during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on "The US Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square", on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2020. (Photo by Bonnie Cash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BONNIE CASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden's Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland is expected to face a contentious confirmation hearing Tuesday in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

(CNN)President Joe Biden's Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland is expected to face a contentious confirmation hearing Tuesday in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Manchin is not getting ahead of the hearing -- he has not yet said if he will vote to confirm Haaland.

Haaland is poised to highlight her history-making nomination during the hearing, saying, "The historic nature of my confirmation is not lost on me, but I will say that it is not about me.

Manchin was asked about a fracking ban on public lands and whether it could affect Haaland's nomination -- and said that a fracking ban "would be detrimental to her or anyone else. "

A group of House Republicans called on Biden to withdraw the nomination in a letter last month, citing her position on the Green New Deal and oil and gas leasing on federal lands.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, said in a statement ahead of the confirmation hearing "Rep. Deb Haaland has shown hostility to the very oil and natural gas development that sustains the state and district she represents. "

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