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Reid said the Senate would begin consideration of Jewell’s nomination at 4 p.m. and proceed to a vote after two hours of debate.

Jewell is the head of outdoor gear giant REI, Inc. and would replace outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved Jewell with a bipartisan 19-3 vote last month.

Sens. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoSenate confirms NRC chairwoman to new term A bipartisan consensus against 'big pharma' is growing in Congress McConnell allies confident in healthcare win MORE (R-Wyo.), Tim ScottTim ScottIs Senate ObamaCare repeal bill too mean? The Hill's Whip List: GOP undecided, 'no' votes pile up on ObamaCare repeal bill Lawmakers celebrate National Selfie Day on Twitter MORE (R-S.C.) and Mike LeeMike LeeHealthcare wish lists: What moderates, conservatives want GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill GOP senator on resolving healthcare differences: 'Even porcupines make love' MORE (R-Utah) voted against Jewell.