Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch joined the majority on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that recommended REI CEO Sally Jewell be confirmed as Interior Secretary.
The committee voted 19-3 to send Jewell’s nomination to the floor. Agreements with other senators cleared away holds that they had placed on the nomination. Risch said he reserved the right to place a hold on the nomination if the progress he has seen lately on moving Idaho’s sage grouse conservation plan forward falters.
But overall Risch said he liked Jewell’s willingness to engage on the issues during the confirmation process.
“In meeting with her I was really impressed with not only with her willingness, but her enthusiasm to pursue the collaborative method of resolving natural resource disputes,” Rich said during the vote. “Indeed its proven to be the only path forward to get these resolved that we’ve experienced in recent years.”
Watch Risch below: