April 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote Against Interior Secretary Nominee David Bernhardt

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following her vote against the confirmation of David Bernhardt to be U.S. Interior Secretary:

“In Nevada, our public lands and national monuments are living examples of our state’s history; and for thousands of Nevadans they’re essential to their livelihoods from recreational tourism to grazing and renewable energy development. With Secretary Bernhardt at the helm of the Department of the Interior, those precious spaces are under attack. I voted no on Mr. Bernhardt’s confirmation because of his long history as an oil and gas lobbyist and his focus on fossil fuels, which undermines Nevadans’ access to clean air and clean water. This nominee clearly has the wrong priorities and reflects an Administration that refuses to act on climate change. I’ll do all I can to take on this Administration as it continues to threaten our public lands and refuses to act to protect our future and our states’ sacred heritage."