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Sen. Murkowski threatens to block pick for Interior Secretary





Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is threatening to block Interior Department nominee Sally Jewell unless the Obama administration agrees to a road for an Alaska Native village.

The village of King Cove wants to build a road to an airport in order to provide a safe travel route for residents. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the project will harm the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Murkowski is the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The committee has yet to schedule a hearing on Jewell, the chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Inc.

Get the Story:
Interior secretary nomination becomes embroiled in fight over Alaska refuge (The Washington Post 2/25)
Alaska senator threatens to put hold on Jewell nomination (AP 2/22)

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