Biden’s candidate for public lands boss hits GOP opposition | 406 Politics
“You’ve been incredibly partisan in your past,” said Republican Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. “It seems like in your heart you really don’t care about Republicans.”
Stone-Manning said his parents, both Republicans, would “roll in their graves” over the allegation.
The BLM has jurisdiction over 247 million acres of federally owned land in the Western States, managing it for uses ranging from fossil fuel extraction and grazing to recreation and the wilderness.
Senate confirmation of Stone-Manning would mark a sea change for an agency that handled oil and gas interests under former President Donald Trump.
She would take the helm after the office suffered turmoil in recent years when it lost nearly 300 employees to retire or resign after its seat was moved from Washington, DC to Grand Junction, Colorado under Trump.
Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colorado, asked Stone-Manning about the head office move, which he said was “done in a hurry” and left land office workers and residents of Grand Junction down who had hoped the change would boost the city’s economy.
Stone-Manning said the Home Office was looking into the matter but gave no further details.
After leaving Bullock’s staff in 2017, Stone-Manning led the National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to preserve public lands in the West for wildlife, hiking, hunting, and other non-industrial uses.