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March 16, 2021 3:45 PM, EDT

Senate Set to Consider More Biden Nominees

Deb HaalandThe Senate confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior by a 51-40 vote March 15. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

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Senators plan to consider nominees for top posts in the Biden administration as early as this month.

The Democratic leadership in the Senate has placed on the chamber’s agenda the nomination of Katherine Tai to become U.S. Trade Representative. They also intend to proceed with the consideration of Marty Walsh to become secretary at the Labor Department, as well as Xavier Becerra for the head role at the department of Health and Human Services.

Most recently, the chamber on March 15 confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland by a vote of 51-40 to lead the Interior Department. Most recently a member of Congress, she is the first Native American to be approved for a Cabinet post.

Chuck Schumer

Schumer

“Rep. Haaland will have an important task ahead of her. She must refocus the Interior Department on preserving and protecting almost 500 million acres of public lands, combating climate change and environmental degradation, and upholding the federal government’s obligation to tribal nations,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said March 15.

“In elevating Rep. Haaland to lead the Department of Interior," he added, "we reset the relationship between the federal government and tribal nations to one of cooperation, mutual respect and trust.”

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