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Biden nominee for public lands boss hits GOP opposition

Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for her to be the director of the...
Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for her to be the director of the Bureau of Land Management, during a hearing of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Washington.(Alex Brandon | AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:20 AM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:35 AM AKDT
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee vast expanses of public land in the U.S. West is being criticized by Republicans because of her involvement in partisan politics as a longtime Democratic aide and environmentalist.

During a hearing on Tuesday, Republicans questioned whether the nominee for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning could work across party lines after her involvement in the 2020 election with a group that worked against the GOP.

The land bureau has been in staffing turmoil after four years without a confirmed director and losing nearly 300 employees to retirement or resignation after its headquarters was relocated to Colorado.

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