Senate Panel Votes Out Norton Nomination
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week
voted out the controversial nomination of Gale Norton for secretary
of the Department of Interior.
The committee vote was 18 to 2, with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) weighing in against her nomination. The
full Senate is expected to begin debate on her nomination today and
vote on it Tuesday, according to a committee spokesman.
It's not clear yet whether the Norton nomination will face any
trouble in the Senate. Wyden and Schumer reportedly have indicated
they don't plan to hold it up, a Capitol Hill aide said, but she
noted environmental groups are putting enormous pressure on other
senators to block her confirmation.
Norton has been under attack by environmental groups, which have
accused her of favoring business and individual interests over
those of the environment. The groups also are concerned because she
advocates opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and
gas exploration and production.
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