The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee “on Wednesday approved David Hayes to be deputy interior secretary, the No. 2 position at the Interior Department,” Reuters reports.
The nomination was approved by a vote of 17 to 5, with full Senate confirmation possible this week.
Mr. Hayes “was a senior fellow at the World Wildlife Fund where he was a key advisor on forestry issues and reducing carbon emissions.” He also “served as deputy interior secretary during the Clinton administration.”
Update (5/13): A procedural vote on the nomination was defeated.
Update (5/20): This nomination has been confirmed.