Some of the extreme Democratic foot-dragging on President Trump’s nominees appears to be subsiding at last, with the Secretary of the Interior approved today and a vote on Ben Carson’s nomination to be HUD Secretary set for Thursday. Democrats are complaining that Trump isn’t doing enough on Capitol Hill, but they won’t give him the staff to get anything done.
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rep. Ryan Zinke as President Trump’s first secretary of the interior, the Washington Examiner reported.
The Montana Republican won a relatively easy confirmation vote on the Senate floor, 68 to 31, although most Democrats voted against him.
As interior secretary, Zinke will oversee energy development on federal lands and waters, the protection of endangered species and the operation of the country’s national parks.