Haaland expected to face contentious confirmation hearing over Interior nomination
February 23, 2021 at 10:00
(CNN) President Joe Biden's Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland is expected to face a contentious confirmation hearing Tuesday in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Manchin is not getting ahead of the hearing -- he has not yet said if he will vote to confirm Haaland.
Manchin said on Monday, "We're very open to hearing her and hopefully she'll have a good hearing."
Haaland is poised to highlight her history-making nomination during the hearing, saying, "The historic nature of my confirmation is not lost on me, but I will say that it is not about me.
Republicans have repeatedly said that the Biden administration is going to kill jobs through its clean energy agenda, which Haaland supports.
Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn recently tweeted, "Interior secretary nominee has joined pipeline protests and opposed fracking," in a potential preview of how Republicans may attack the nomination.
House Republicans will not have a vote in the Senate confirmation process, but the arguments against the nomination are likely to be echoed by members of their party in the upper chamber.
Supporters and opponents of the nomination have been working to press their case in the lead up to the hearing.
The confirmation hearing comes as several other high-profile Biden nominees have come under scrutiny.
And Xavier Becerra, Biden's pick for Health and Human Services secretary, is expected to face sharp questioning at a confirmation hearing Tuesday.
If confirmed, Haaland would be part of Biden's plan to tackle the climate crisis and reduce carbon emissions.
"A voice like mine has never been a Cabinet secretary or at the head of the Department of Interior," Haaland tweeted in December.