Biden picks first Native American as Cabinet sec.
Biden taps on the third Dem Rep. For the cabinet position, which further restricts the majority of Pelosi
Joe Biden will appoint Rep Deb Haaland (D., NM) as Secretary of the Interior Thursday, according to multiple reports. Haaland’s appointment to the Biden cabinet would further reduce the majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives and create potential difficulties in passing legislation. Democrats have won 222 confirmed House seats awaiting the results of a New York retake and several racing challenges in Iowa. However, the Biden transition team has already announced that it will appoint representatives to Cedric Richmond (D., La.). and Marcia Fudge, D., Ohio, for cabinet positions. Haaland’s addition would bring the majority of Democrats to just 219 seats while waiting for the three empty seats to be filled. “Two is too many, but three is even more,” Steny Hoyer (D., Mich.) Told reporters last week, expressing concern about the number of Biden appointments from the House. Despite the small majority, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., California) signed the appointments. “Congresswoman Haaland knows the area and if it is the election of the President-elect for the Home Secretary, then he has made an excellent choice,” the spokesman told reporters on Wednesday. Hagaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo and would be the first Native American to be recognized as If I am certified I am from New Mexico. It is a big gas and oil state. And I take care of every single job, “Haaland told the Washington Post. Haaland would have to weigh those needs against Biden’s promise to stop oil and gas drilling on public property, however. A person familiar with Haaland selection considerations told CNN that Haaland was selected because she “spent her career fighting for all Americans, including tribesmen.” Nations, rural communities and communities of color.