The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has proposed this Thursday to the congresswoman for New Mexico, Deb Haaland, as the new Home Secretary, who, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the first Native American to hold the position. Haaland, 60, was one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress in 2018, where she has dedicated herself to trying improve the conditions of native communities, such as assistance during the pandemic, as well as environmental and climate change policies.
“A voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary, nor has it been in charge of the Department of the Interior,” Haaland wrote on his Twitter account. “Growing up in my mother’s house in Pueblo made me strong. I will be strong for all of us, our planet and all of our protected land. I am honored and ready to serve.
Haaland, who has been until now vice president of the Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives, he is part of the Native American community of Pueblo Laguna, although he also has a heritage from Pueblo Jemez, indigenous communities located in the southwestern United States.
If confirmed, Haaland would be part of Biden’s plan to constitute what would be the most diverse Administration in history of the White House, thus reflecting the racial plurality of the United States.
The United States Department of the Interior is one of the largest agencies in Washington, with which natural resources are administered, including natural parks and oil or gas fields, as well as the country’s cultural heritage, in addition to managing the relations of the Federal government with 578 recognized Native American communities. Although Haaland’s nomination somewhat weakens the already slim Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, its president, veteran Nancy Pelosi, considers Biden’s bet to be “excellent,” since the congresswoman for Nuevo Mexico “knows the terrain.”
If Haaland is finally elected as Secretary of the Interior, the Democrats in Congress will count during the future Biden Administration with only a margin of three votes above the Republicans, who have not finally been able to snatch any seats in the recent presidential elections.
The president-elect has also announced this Thursday the rest of his elect to occupy other key positions in environmental issues, as part of the ambitious proposal he has launched during his campaign, in which he promised to end carbon emissions by 2035 and a public investment of 2 billion dollars (1.6 billion euros) in infrastructure and energy more respectful with nature.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has been chosen by Biden to be the new secretary of the Department of EnergyWhile Brenda Mallory, an environmental attorney, has been nominated to chair the Council on Environmental Quality and Michael Regan as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The remaining nominees are Ali Zaidi and Gina McCarthy, to serve as deputy adviser and advisor, respectively, to Biden on climate and environmental issues.
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