Many accused Bernhardt of having too many conflicts of interest, but despite the apprehensions, Bernhardt made it through easily.
The Senate voted 56 to 41 to confirm David Bernhardt as the next secretary of the Interior Thursday despite Democrats’ attempts to postpone the process.
Bernhardt passed a procedural vote Wednesday night, an indicator of how the eventual vote would stand, with 56 votes in favor and 41 against.
Several Democrats joined Republicans in supporting President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee the vast majority of federal lands and waters in the U.S. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, represents the coal-heavy state of West Virginia and was one of the few to defect from the Democratic consensus.
Fellow Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Tom Udall of New Mexico called for their colleagues to vote against Bernhardt during Wednesday’s procedural vote and allow more time to investigate allegations of ethics violations.