As Chairman of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, I am pleased I will be able to work closely with my friend Dirk Kempthorne as Interior Secretary. We have important work to do at Interior and I’ve discussed with Dirk my commitment to major rehabilitation for the St. Mary diversion facilities in Montana and the full funding of the Secure Rural Schools program. I congratulate Dirk on his confirmation and look forward to working with him in the near term on the important issues facing us.