Donald Trump’s transition team has announced a new appointment. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has been selected as the next secretary of the interior.
Ms. McMorris Rodgers, a senior member of the House of Representatives, if confirmed by the Senate, would lead Mr. Trump’s efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development and reverse environmental policies the Obama administration has pursued over the past eight years.
And the right people are outraged
Cathy McMorris is rumored as top choice for Dept of Interior. No experience except defending timber & mining industry from gov't regulation.
— Fighting Liberal (@texyellowdogdem) December 7, 2016
(He says this like it is a bad thing)
and the Democrats’ house organ, the New York Times is flogging a discredited allegation of misconduct against her
As Trump considers Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary, might want to look back at Ethics investigation. https://t.co/iyujT3h3R1
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) December 9, 2016
She seems like a solid choice and she has supported the right things in regards to federal land management.
Ms. McMorris Rodgers is a reliable backer of Republican energy and environmental policies, though she hasn’t been a leading voice within the caucus onsuchissues. She supported legislation opening up the Atlantic Ocean to oil and natural-gas drilling and preventing the Interior Department from regulating hydraulic fracturing, a controversial oil and natural-gas extraction technology.
She faces huge challenges inflicted upon the nation by the way Obama has managed the interior department. Ideally she will also take a serious stab at getting the federal government mostly out of the land ownership business.