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Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record'

Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record'
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Former Sens. Tom UdallTom UdallOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-N.M.) and Mark UdallMark Emery UdallKennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE (D-Colo.) called for the Senate to confirm Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski Indigenous leadership is a linchpin to solving environmental crises The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote MORE (D-N.M.) as Interior secretary in a USA Today op-ed Tuesday, saying accusations of political radicalism “motivated by something other than her record.”

The two argued that Haaland’s record on environmental issues is typical of a Democratic member of congress from a western state and that they had similar records in Congress that would be unlikely to prevent their confirmation.

“Rep. Haaland’s nomination is both historic and long overdue. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American Cabinet member,” the two former senators wrote.

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“Her record is in line with mainstream conservation priorities. Thus, the exceptional criticism of Rep. Haaland and the threatened holds on her nomination must be motivated by something other than her record.”

Sens. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSusan Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Indigenous groups post billboards urging senators to confirm Deb Haaland MORE (R-Mont.) and John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination Interior Department reverses Trump policy that it says improperly restricted science MORE (R-Wyo.) have both suggested they will oppose Haaland’s nomination, citing her positions on energy issues.

Previously, the progressive New Mexico representative has expressed support for the Green New Deal and opposition to a controversial oil and gas extraction method known as fracking. 

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Schumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate MORE (D-W.Va.), a key vote in the 50-50 Senate, has also suggested he has concerns about Haaland’s nomination. His hesitancy caught the ire of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.), who lambasted his comments on Tuesday, noting that the West Virginia senator voted to confirm then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE.

The former lawmakers also went on to cite Stewart Udall, Mark’s uncle and Tom’s father, who served as Interior secretary during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The two said that Stewart Udall told them that the West was built by people like Haaland. 

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“He often reminded us that the West wasn’t built by gunslingers or lone rangers as told in films and novels. Instead, it was farmers, Native Americans, Hispanic and Anglo ranchers, and others who made it in those tough pioneering years by working together,” they wrote.

"We cannot think of anyone who embodies that truth more and has the ability to lead a newly energized Interior Department for all Americans than Congresswoman Haaland.” 

Haaland faced tough questions on Tuesday during her hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she sought to court moderates including Manchin — the chairman of the committee who are weighing a vote on her confirmation.