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Senate Panel Approves Two of Trump’s Interior Nominees (1)

May 21, 2019, 3:25 PMUpdated: May 21, 2019, 4:27 PM

A Senate committee easily approved two of President Donald Trump’s picks for high-level positions at the Interior Department May 21.

The nominations of Daniel Jorjani for Interior solicitor and Mark Lee Greenblatt for the department’s inspector general now go to the full Republican-controlled Senate, which is expected to approve them.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved Jorjani on a party-line 11-10 vote. Greenblatt, a less objectionable nominee to Democrats, was approved on a unanimous voice vote.

In their new roles, Jorjani would become Interior’s top lawyer, and Greenblatt would be responsible for investigating and evaluating the ...