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Biden’s Top Interior Pick Haaland Draws Pushback From House

  • New Mexico lawmaker would be first American Indian in post
  • House leaders worried about filling too many vacant seats
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Representative Deb Haaland is President-elect Joe Biden’s preferred candidate to lead the Interior Department though a final decision has been delayed as House leaders express concerns about filling her seat and other vacant spots.

The selection process was described by people familiar with the matter. Haaland didn’t respond to requests for comment left at her office. But a person familiar with the matter said she is interested and her team and Biden’s team are having conversations about her role.