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Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Trump faces test of power with early endorsements OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Obama marine monument designation | Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river | White House climate adviser meets with oil and gas companies MORE (R-Mont.) has indicated that he will try to block the confirmation of Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandInterior Department to reconvene council on Native American issues Interior delays consideration of opening public Alaska lands to development Julia Letlow sworn in as House member after winning election to replace late husband MORE (D-N.M.) as Interior secretary. “I'm deeply concerned with the Congresswoman's support on several radical issues that will hurt Montana, our way of life, our jobs and rural America, including her support for the Green New Deal and President Biden's oil and gas moratorium, as well as her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline,” the senator said in a statement following a conversation with Haaland. “I’m not convinced the Congresswoman can divorce her radical views and represent what's best for Montana and all stakeholders in the West. Unless my concerns are addressed, I will block her confirmation,” he added.Daines could stall the nomination by placing a hold preventing her from advancing through a procedural vote and instead forcing a cloture vote, which could take a significant amount of time.Haaland is likely to ultimately prevail though, as only a simple majority would be needed to eventually get her nomination to the floor.Haaland was elected to the House in 2018, and her nomination to lead the federal lands agency delighted progressives. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American to lead the Interior Department.She’s not the only nominee whose confirmation could face speed bumps.Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Democrats brace for new 'defund the police' attacks MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday placed a hold preventing the Senate from voting on the nomination of Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoRepublican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices Hillicon Valley: Intel leaders push for breach notification law | Coinbase goes public House Republicans raise concerns about new Chinese tech companies MORE, President Biden’s pick for Commerce secretary, over concerns Raimondo has not clarified her stance on Chinese telecom giant Huawei.Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices MORE (R-Mo.) also placed a hold on Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasProgressive lawmakers press DHS chief on immigration detention Hillicon Valley: Intel leaders push for breach notification law | Coinbase goes public House Republicans raise concerns about new Chinese tech companies MORE, Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas was ultimately confirmed after the delay.Haaland has not yet had a confirmation hearing and it is not clear when the senators will seek to confirm her.Daines’s statement comes amid tensions between Republican and the White House over its recent energy moves. These include the decision to place a temporary halt on the issuance of new leases to companies who want to drill for oil and gas on public lands and in public waters and the revocation of a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
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