Montana delegates respond to Bernhardt nomination

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WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to approve the nomination of David Bernhardt to lead the Department of the Interior.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont, opposed the nomination of Bernhardt, saying in part quote, "Mr. Bernhardt is pushing policies that threaten Montana's clean air, clean water, and our booming outdoor economy—and as Acting Secretary, he has failed to show understanding of the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian Country."

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont, disagrees with Tester's assessment of Bernhardt, saying in part quote, "David Bernhardt understands the importance of protecting access to our public lands, our commitment to tribal nations, and responsible energy development. As a fellow westerner, I have complete confidence in David's ability to lead the Department of the Interior ..."