President Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took a step closer to confirmation Dec. 11 when the Senate voted 53-41 to put her nomination to a final confirmation vote.
The nominee, Aurelia Skipwith, is currently deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, which oversees lands and waters within wildlife refuges and national park systems.
The Senate scheduled a vote on her confirmation on Dec. 12.
Environmental groups and some Democrats argue Skipwith lacks enough experience in wildlife management to be qualified for the top Fish and Wildlife job. Republicans, however, say they hope the ...