West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is making things difficult for President Biden. After effectively killing President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, now Manchin is stalling a key Interior Department nominee.
As Senate Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Manchin is forcing a rare second hearing on Laura Daniel-Davis, citing the ongoing energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Hill reports:
Manchin spokesperson Sam Runyon confirmed to The Hill Tuesday that Laura Daniel-Davis, President Biden’s pick to be assistant Interior secretary for land and minerals management, would not be among a raft of nominees the committee will vote on Tuesday.
“As we continue to watch energy being used as a weapon of war by Vladimir Putin, the need for increased American energy production is clear to ensure domestic supplies and help our allies,” Runyon said in a statement to The Hill.
“Ms. Daniel-Davis has been nominated to serve in a role that would oversee the federal leasing programs, and Senator Manchin would like to see more from the Department that it intends to get back to the business of leasing and production on federal lands and waters in a robust and responsible way.”
Last year the committee deadlocked in a party-line vote on Daniel-Davis.
Manchin’s decision drew harsh criticism from Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden and other environmental groups.
“Senator Wyden believes the first time Laura Daniel-Davis testified at length on her nomination before the Committee was sufficient,” a Wyden spokesperson said at the time. “This second hearing is nothing more than an opportunity for Republicans to badger, bully and harass a well-qualified nominee for a job that needs to be filled.”