March 1, 2017 / 3:55 PM / 5 months ago

Senate confirms Trump's pick Zinke as Interior Secretary

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WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - The Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to head the Interior Department, Rep. Ryan Zinke of coal producing Montana, as the White House takes steps to boost fossil fuel output from federal lands.

The Senate voted 68 to 31, with several Democrats joining Republicans in support of Zinke, an hunter and angler, who supported energy development as a one-term congressman.

Reporting by Timothy Gardner

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