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Zinke cleared for Interior position

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke is on his way to confirmation as the new Interior Secretary, after getting the approval of a key Senate committee this week.

Zinke was tabbed several weeks ago by President Donald Trump to fill the seat, which oversees everything from the Bureau of Land Management to the National Park Service.

Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave its endorsement to Zinke's appointment on a 16-6 vote, setting up a confirmation vote by the full Senate. 

The vote also continues to push forward Montana's plans for a special election to fill the lone House seat representing the Treasure State. 

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