Deb Haaland Confirmed as Interior Secretary
With a lifetime of advocating for public lands, national parks and natural resources—in Congress and out—Deb Haaland’s confirmation as Interior Secretary should be a no-brainer. Instead, senators on both sides of the aisle have questioned her experience and undermined her record.
This isn’t because of what Haaland’s done or how she’s voted—it’s because of who she is: a Native American woman set to occupy a role that’s never been held by someone like her. When her opponents call her “radical,” that’s what they’re talking about. That’s what they’re against.
It's no surprise that a party allied with white supremacists would try to sabotage this historic nomination. But any "moderate" Republicans—or Democrats—who join the racist, sexist smear campaign against Deb Haaland will be showing their true colors.
The Senate has never before voted against confirming a nominee to lead the Interior Department. Nothing about Deb Haaland suggests she should be an exception to this rule—even if she will make an exceptional Secretary.