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Wednesday
Feb012017

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. 

Tuesday
Jan242017

Zinke confirmation postponed

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- There's been a hold placed on Congressman Ryan Zinke's confirmation hearing as the next Interior Secretary. 

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was scheduled for a business meeting today as the Senate continues to consider his nomination for the cabinet post in the Trump Administration. 

However, late in the evening, the committee's website posted a vote on Zinke's appointment Tuesday was being "postponed", with no additional explanation for the delay. The same was true for Governor Rick Perry's nomination as Energy Secretary. 

Montana's political leaders are watching the confirmation with interest because of the moves necessary to replace the Whitefish Republican if his confirmation is made, including a special election to fill his seat.