Se­nate con­firms Trump nom­i­nee to lead In­te­rior

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The Se­nate on Thurs­day voted 56-41 to con­firm David Bern­hardt, a for­mer lob­by­ist for the oil and agribusi­ness in­dus­tries, as sec­re­tary of the in­te­rior. The con­fir­ma­tion of Bern­hardt to his new post co­in­cided with calls from more than a dozen Democrats and gov­ern­ment watch­dogs for for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into his past con­duct.

As in­te­rior sec­re­tary, Bern­hardt, who has al­ready played a cen­tral role in de­sign­ing many of Trump’s poli­cies for ex­pand­ing drilling and min­ing, will now serve as the na­tion’s se­nior stew­ard of its 500 mil­lion acres of pub­lic land and vast coastal wa­ters.

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