The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico, who could be the primary Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate, pledged to work in service of the Biden administration during the first day of the hearing earlier than the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. But Republicans on the panel expressed concern over her nomination and described her views on public land use and fossil fuels as radical.

During the second day of hearings, Haaland argued that her function as inside secretary could be very completely different from her function as an elected member of the House of Representatives.

“The role of a congresswoman in one district in the country is much different than the role of a secretary who is fighting and working for every single American and all of our public lands across the country. Those are two different things, I recognize that,” Haaland mentioned.

The assertion from the nominee got here after Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the rating Republican member on the committee, confronted Haaland over previous statements she has made, together with that she is “wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands.” After Barrasso introduced up the previous feedback, he mentioned the committee needs to understand how Haaland would advise Biden as President if confirmed.

GOP Sen. Steve Daines of Montana expressed skepticism over Haaland’s argument that she would make a distinction between the completely different roles — arguing that positions she has taken as a congresswoman would affect Americans outdoors of her district.

How to view the fight over Deb Haaland and frackingHow to view the fight over Deb Haaland and fracking

“Some of your prior positions you’ve taken,” he mentioned, “clearly impacts more people than just your constituents. So I’m not convinced that you’ll be taking that view forward because you’ve certainly been taking some very strong positions that clearly impact folks outside the first district of New Mexico.”

Republicans have repeatedly argued that the Biden administration goes to kill jobs by its clear power agenda, which Haaland helps. If confirmed, Haaland could be half of Biden’s plan to sort out the local weather disaster and cut back carbon emissions.

In her opening assertion, Haaland tried to strike a fragile steadiness on power and environmental coverage, saying, “There’s no question that fossil energy does and will continue to play a major role in America for years to come.” But she added, “Our climate challenge must be addressed,” and he or she contended that “the Department has a role in harnessing the clean energy potential of our public lands to create jobs and new economic opportunities.”

Barrasso of Wyoming mentioned Tuesday that he feels “troubled” by some of Haaland’s positions on local weather and power points, whereas Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana mentioned he’s “concerned” about continuing with the nomination.

In one contentious change Tuesday, Barrasso requested Haaland to reply for a tweet from October 2020 during which she mentioned that Republicans do not consider in science. The GOP senator identified that he and several other different Republican members of the committee are medical medical doctors and referred to as the comment “concerning.”

“Do you think that as medical doctors we don’t believe in science? How do you stand by this statement,” Barrasso requested.

“Senator, yes, if you’re a doctor, I would assume that you believe in science,” Haaland replied.

Haaland additionally repeatedly declined to offer her private opinions within the face of pointed questions from Republican senators in the course of the hearing, saying as a substitute that she would perform Biden’s agenda.

When Daines requested Haaland if she helps a ban on fracking and no new pipelines, she replied, “President Biden does not support a ban on fracking is my understanding.” When the GOP senator pressed once more, Haaland mentioned, “If I am confirmed as secretary, I would be serving at the pleasure of the President and it would be his agenda that I would move forward.”

During Wednesday’s hearing, Republican Sen. James Risch of Idaho repeatedly pressed Haaland on whether or not she helps the Biden administration’s choice to close down the Keystone XL pipeline. Haaland first responded by saying she helps Biden’s choice to revoke the pipeline’s allow.

“I feel very confident that the President, his decision — I mean I have to respect it, sir. He is the President of the United States,” Haaland replied.

Risch adopted up a number of instances asking straight if she helps shutting down the pipeline. Haaland lastly answered, “Senator, if I say that I support President Biden’s agenda, I assume that you could take my answer as a yes.”

Moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, the chairman of the committee, has not but mentioned if he’ll vote to substantiate Haaland.

Manchin didn’t tip his hand throughout Tuesday’s hearing, saying that he believes a president deserves “wide latitude” within the choice of his Cabinet nominees, however added, “I also take the Senate’s constitutional obligation to advise and consent to the President’s nomination seriously.”

This story and headline have been up to date Wednesday with further developments.