Interior Secretary Meets Murkowski For A Beer And Trump’s Appointees Sail Through Committee

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke sat down for a drink with Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday more than one week after the two were at odds over legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which Murkowski chairs, rescheduled a hearing on Trump administration nominations for key Interior and Energy Department officials.

Murkowski’s committee delayed the hearing that was originally scheduled for July 27 after President Donald Trump and Zinke called the Alaska lawmaker to chide her “no” vote on ACA repeal legislation.

Zinke told Murkowski that her vote “had put Alaska’s future with the administration in jeopardy,” Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Trump singled out Murkowski in a tweet, saying that she “really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday.”

Murkowski wasn’t phased and delayed a hearing on administration nominations, adding to the backlog of Trump administration officials who needed Senate approval.

The confirmation hearing was rescheduled for Thursday.

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