Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Senate Panel Recommends Norton for Interior Secretary.

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau

Domenici, Bingaman Back Bush Nominee

WASHINGTON A Senate committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed the confirmation of Gale Norton, President Bush's controversial nominee to lead the Department of the Interior.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 18-2 to recommend Norton's confirmation to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm the nominee Monday.

Eight Democrats joined with 10 Republicans in support of Norton despite an intense lobbying effort by environmental groups who oppose her nomination.

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., voted against Norton. …

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