Senate committee approves Trump picks for Energy, Interior
Former Texas governor Rick Perry during a Senate confirmation hearing (Screenshot)

The Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved President Donald Trump's nominees to head the Interior and Energy Departments.


The panel approved Ryan Zinke for the Interior Department by a vote of 16 to 6 and Rick Perry, a former governor or oil producing Texas, for the Energy Department by a vote of 16 to 7. Next, the full Senate will consider both nominees.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)