This morning, the Senate votes on confirming Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior. Representative Zinke won many, many Democratic votes for cloture, which passed 67-31-1 Monday evening. The most prominent Democrat to support him is of course Senator Jon Tester, who is beyond elated to see his strongest competition for 2018 in the Cabinet instead of ramping up a campaign.
We will track the votes live, just like we did Monday, and hopefully every Senator will be happy to have their vote called out loudly this time (Florida’s Bill Nelson was an aye but did not have his vote declared audibly). Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has voted “present” both at his committee vote and during cloture.
Updated at 3/1/2017 @ 1043am
1022-Leader remarks continue, vote likely pushed a bit further back.
1026-Schumer transitions to the Zinke nomination
1029- Exec session begins for Zinke
1030- Montana Senator Steve Daines on the R side praising Zinke
1035- roll call.