On Wednesday Chris D'Angelo of the Huffington Post flagged that Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) tried to explain a key public lands law to Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of the Interior.
"Representative Haaland, The Great American Outdoors Act is a historic law that takes the revenue from energy development on public lands and uses it to reduce the backlog of maintenance on our parks and public lands," wrote Daines. "The program is estimated to reduce the backlog on parks by half over the next 5 years. Would you support extending the program, which means continuing energy development on public lands, in order to continue to reduce the backlog on public lands?"
"I support the Great American Outdoors Act which permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and provides funds to address the maintenance backlog on federal lands," replied Haaland. "If confirmed, I will work with Interior staff to ensure that the Department implements the Act as Congress intended."
Haaland, a climate activist who was first elected to Congress in 2018 and would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed, has been a particular target from Republicans who have accused her of being hostile to energy production, due to her support of the Green New Deal and her opposition to fracking on public lands.