Thursday, April 11, 2019

BREAKING: Sinema Joins Republicans In Confirming Bernhardt As Secretary of the Interior (ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS)

(Updated to include Sinema's explanation for voting to support.)
12:50pm: Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema joined every Republican and three other Democrats* in confirming David Bernhardt to become the new Secretary of the Interior. The final vote was 56-41.

Interestingly, a dark money liberal group called the Western Values Project spent $200,000 on TV ads urging Arizona's Republican Senator Martha McSally to vote against Bernhardt. 

McSally issued a statement this afternoon celebrating the vote: "We have spoken on issues affecting our state and I know he will work with me to improve forest health, implement the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, and be a good partner for Arizona in protecting our public lands for generations to come. I look forward to working with Secretary Bernhardt and showing him around Arizona.”

Sinema indicated that she, too, met with Bernhardt: “After meeting with Mr. Bernhardt and carefully considering his nomination, I am confident he is professionally qualified, believes in the mission of the Interior Department, and will faithfully uphold the law.”

*Sen. King is an Independent, but caucuses with the Democrats.

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