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Press Release



Salazar Statement on Hayes Vote



05/13/2009


 Contact: Kendra Barkoff (202) 208-6416


WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary Salazar released the following statement in response to Republicans voting down David Hayes to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Secretary Salazar continued to work with Republicans on the hill in anticipation of the vote.

“This was a tired vote of bitter obstructionism. It may be uncomfortable for some to watch us have to clean up mess after mess – from corruption to lawbreaking - that is the previous Administration’s legacy at Interior, but to cast a vote against such a qualified and fine person is the height of cynicism.

“We have answered every question and worked to find common ground on difficult issues, but the American people rightfully want change from the Obama Administration and from the Department of the Interior. We will deliver that change. The American people will know, once again, that the Department of the Interior is wisely managing their treasured landscapes and their natural resources on their behalf.”