Following the Senate’s vote Monday to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) to serve as Secretary of the Interior, Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) pledged to keep fighting for Wyoming’s land and energy needs, according to a March 15 release from Lummis’ office.
“While Democrats in the Majority had the votes to confirm her as Secretary of the Interior,” Lummis, who was not present for the vote in Washington D.C. due to weather, said in the release, “I’ve been proud to be a leading voice in opposition to Rep. Haaland’s confirmation and the anti-energy, anti-jobs agenda for which she advocates.”
Lummis’ comments come following her speaking out against Haaland’s nomination last week and her having placed a procedural hold on the nomination with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) (County 17, March 12).
The junior senator is no stranger to opposing policy that impedes on energy and Wyoming’s vital industries, having introduced the Protecting Our Wealth of Energy Resources, or POWER, Act in January, which would prohibit President Joe Biden from issuing a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing and drilling on federal lands.
“It is my hope that Rep. Haaland has heard, and taken to heart, the very real concerns of states like Wyoming that rely on energy production and use of public lands for our livelihoods,” Lummis said. “I will continue to fight at every turn against efforts from Rep. Haaland and the Biden Administration that seek to undermine Wyoming jobs and communities.”