Environment & Energy Report

Senate Panel Advances Interior Secretary Nominee Bernhardt (2)

April 4, 2019, 2:46 PMUpdated: April 4, 2019, 8:12 PM

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted April 4 to approve President Trump’s pick for Interior secretary, over objections of Democrats who sought a delay amid a federal investigation into the former oil lobbyist’s recusals from matters involving previous clients.

The panel voted 14-6 to advance the nomination of David Bernhardt to the full Senate.

The vote was largely along party lines, but Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) voted in favor of Bernhardt, as did Sen. Angus King (Maine), an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

King told Bloomberg Environment that he found Bernhardt responsive to...

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