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Bernhardt Confirmed to No. 2 Interior Department Job

July 24, 2017, 10:45 PM

The Senate confirmed David Bernhardt, a lawyer, to the No. 2 job at the Interior Department July 24, providing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a much-needed deputy but underscoring the slow progress made on installing Trump administration nominees.

Bernhardt was confirmed by a vote of 53-43, with four Democrats—Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and Joe Manchin (W. Va.)—voting yes. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with Democrats, also voted yes. No Republican voted against Bernhardt, who currently chairs the natural resource practice at law firm Brownstein...

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