Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Zinke confirmation likely not until March

The U.S. Senate vote on whether to confirm Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as U.S. Interior secretary probably won’t occur until the end of this month or next month, MTN News has learned. Zinke’s confirmation vote is now in the queue behind at least two other cabinet nominees, Senate Republican leadership has said. However, they’ve also said Senate Democrats may force up to 30 hours of debate on those other nominees, pushing Zinke’s confirmation vote past this week. The U.S. Senate goes on a week-long break starting this weekend, so a vote on Zinke’s nomination likely won’t occur until the Senate returns, the week of Feb. 27. Two cabinet nominees whose confirmation votes are in front of Zinke are Mick Mulvaney for budget director and Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency...more

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