Chair Grijalva on Confirmation of Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary: “A Historic Step Toward Redeeming Our Nation’s Relationship With First Americans”

March 15, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on the confirmation of Deb Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior.

“The confirmation of Sec. Deb Haaland is a historic step toward redeeming our nation’s relationship with first Americans. Sec. Haaland will bring to the Interior Department and the Biden administration a profound responsibility and commitment to climate change, equity, and public actions that all Americans will benefit from. Sec. Haaland has made history for her people, and now she will help guide our shared history. I look forward to her leadership and resolve.”

Grijalva led a letter signed by more than 50 House Democrats in November of 2020 urging then president-elect Biden to nominate Haaland for the role, and helped round up support from key constituencies as she worked her way through the vetting process.

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