Democratic senators called for blocking Biden’s nominee from keeping BLM headquarters in Colorado
Colorado’s Republican Congressional delegation has asked the state’s US senators to block confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning until he agrees to keep the Bureau of Land Management on the Western Slope.
The request puts US Democratic Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper in a bind.
Both claimed to support the maintenance of the BLM in Grand Junction during Home Secretary Deb Haaland’s visit last week.
But it didn’t seem like they really meant it or that Haaland intended to keep western land managers working close to the actual western lands among us riff-raff.
U.S. Representatives Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck, and Doug Lamborn called the senators on monday doing the right thing for Colorado by stopping President Biden’s nominee and forcing a deal.
“If the Michigan junior senator can sustain eight Department of Defense nominations to secure a victory for his state, then one of Colorado’s two US senators can delay the BLM Director nomination to secure a victory for Colorado,” Boebert said in a letter. to the senators.
“I appreciate their efforts and working with them in this bicameral, bipartisan endeavor. But according to Secretary Halaand’s comments last week, the fate of the Colorado Bureau of Land Management headquarters now rests on the shoulders of John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet. My hope is that they put Colorado first, ”Boebert said.
Control of the party in the Senate is evenly divided, so it only takes one Democrat to defect and defeat Stone-Manning’s nomination.
“Before confirming any director, we must have assurances from the Biden Administration that they will maintain the Office of Land Management in Grand Junction, where they can better serve the communities they support,” Lamborn said.
“Land management decisions are best made by people who have an innate understanding of the issues that affect these communities,” Lamborn said.
Buck went one step further and asked both senators to formally suspend their confirmation until assurances were made.
Both senators have the power in this case to defend Colorado.
The question is, will they use it?