2017 Recent Vote
The Senate considered President Trump's nomination of David Bernhardt to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI). DOI “protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.” The position of Deputy Secretary is critical to protecting our treasured natural heritage for future generations, but Bernhardt puts our public lands, national monuments and parks, clean air and water, and wildlife at risk. His long history of lobbying for many of the industries, including oil and gas, mining, developers, and more, under DOI's regulatory purview creates numerous conflicts of interest. Additionally, Bernhardt’s career is marked by many instances of fighting against federal environmental safeguards and proximity to ethics scandals during his previous tenure at DOI. Finally, during his confirmation hearing, Bernhardt would not commit to leading the agency to tackle the urgent challenge of climate change and the dangers it poses to our natural resources. These reasons should disqualify David Bernhardt from serving as the Deputy Secretary of DOI and being entrusted with protecting our invaluable natural heritage. On July 24, the Senate approved Bernhardt’s nomination by a vote of 53-43 (Senate roll call vote 166). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.