A long time coming: Help us Confirm Deb Haaland this week

President Biden has nominated Congresswoman Deb Haaland to be the next Interior Secretary. It’s an historic choice, and this agency is crucial to the Biden team’s plans to Build Back Better and tackle the climate crisis by Building back fossil free.

Unfortunately, Republican Senators who were willing to support for Donald Trump’s racist, climate denying cabinet – names that will live in infamy like Ryan Zinke and William Pendley – are out to block Biden and Haaland, and have threatened to derail the nomination this week.

Haaland’s first confirmation hearing in the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee is scheduled for Ferauary 23 at 9:30am Eastern; And it’s expected to be a fiery one with ridiculous, misleading, and disingenuous attacks from Republicans and only limp defense from Climate-denying Democrats like ENR Chair Joe Manchin (D-Coal).

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As the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary, Rep. Haaland will play a pivotal role in healing the wounds the federal government has inflicted on Tribal communities, upholding their trust and ensuring their voices are heard after being shut out for so long. In addition, Haaland has been a fantastic climate hawk and interior Watchdog in Congress – she supports an end to fracking, a Green new Deal on climate action, and an end to fossil fuel extraction on public lands.

After four years of the of Trump’s racist, anti-indigenous, pro-fossil fuel policies, Haaland is exactly the kind of bold, historic nominee we need to run Biden’s Interior Department. That’s why nearly 200,000 of us signed a petition weeks ago supporting her nomination. And now the time has come to show up and make sure the Senate confirms Haaland!

Haaland’s nomination as the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary and second-highest-ranking enrolled Native American to ever serve in the federal government is enormously consequential. And her experience and policy background makes her a key player in Biden’s climate and environmental agenda. It’s essential that the Senate act quickly to approve Congresswoman Haaland’s historic nomination to ensure the Department has a permanent leader to fulfill its mission, implement the widely-supported Biden-Harris plan, and protect our public lands for future generations.

Join us Tuesday morning, February 23 to tell the Senate to #ConfirmHaaland now!

Tell the Senate: #BeFierce & confirm Deb Haaland Interior Secretary

President Joe Biden has picked Deb Haaland to be his Secretary of the Interior. It’s exactly the kinds of barrier breaking, fossil fuel busting, build-back-better choice we had in mind when we started talking about the need for a Fossil Free Cabinet.

If confirmed, Haaland wouldn’t just be the first indigenous woman to run the department that oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs (though she would be, and how great is that?); She’d also be the highest ranking official in Biden’s cabinet to support a Green New Deal, oppose fracking, and support a detailed plan to end fossil fuels on public lands.

That’s why Republicans are already attacking Haaland. Senator John Barrasso, the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, said Haaland’s approach “cuts the throat” of his constituents.

The racist “cowboys and indians” trope aside, Haaland is expected to face one of the toughest confirmation fights of anyone in Biden’s cabinet. And with confirmation votes starting this week on President Biden’s other climate nominees – including Jenifer Granholm to lead the Department of Energy and Michael Regan to lead the EPAthis is the moment to increase our pressure and show Biden and Haaland we’ve got their backs.

Will you join 100,000 Americans and sign our petition to stand with Deb Haaland?

We also don’t know when President Biden will start the clock on Haaland’s nomination because it’s dangerous to leaver her seat in the US House vacant for too long with the narrow Democratic majorities in both chambers. Combine those scheduling complications with Republican’s racist, fossil-fueled opposition to Biden’s climate cabinet, and we know this will be a fight.

But Haaland’s nomination is a groundbreaking event that’s worth fighting over — the first Indigenous person to lead a department with a history of hostility to Indigenous people that stretches from the trail of tears to Standing Rock. Haaland herself went to stand with water protectors and block the Dakota Access Pipeline, and often cites her experience fighting for environmental and human rights as a reason she’s an original Green New Deal.

Since being elected in 2018, she’s distinguished herself as both a subcommittee chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and an individual member of Congress. She has the experience needed to run the Department of the Interior. And as a fierce climate hawk, she’ll work hard to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Before Haaland can lead interior though, we need to #BeFierce for her and demand the Senate confirm her nomination. Sign now to stand with Deb Haaland.