Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement on Representative Deb Haaland, who was nominated to be the Secretary of the Department of the Interior:
“After examining Representative Deb Haaland’s qualifications, reviewing her hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and meeting with her personally, I will vote to confirm her to be the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. While we certainly have different views on some issues, her role in helping to shepherd the Great American Outdoors Act through the House will be beneficial to the Department’s implementation of this landmark conservation law, which I cosponsored. I also appreciate Representative Haaland’s willingness to support issues important to the State of Maine, such as Acadia National Park, as well as her deep knowledge of tribal issues, which has earned her the support of tribes across the country, including those in Maine.
“Representative Haaland promised to be bipartisan in her new role at the Department of the Interior, and I look forward to working with her.”