Sen. Cortez Masto breaks down her votes in Senate confirmation hearings

LAS VEGAS - Nearly two dozen people appointed to positions by President Donald Trump need Senate confirmation.  About a quarter have seen a full Senate vote, of that quarter, all have passed.

United States Senator Dean Heller, R-NV, has voted yes for all appointments, while U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has split her votes.

Cortez Masto voted against Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.  Cortez Masto said she voted with Heller for U.N. Ambassador Nikky Haley, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.  She's expected to support two other cabinet nominees as well.
 
One of which is Energy Secretary Designate, former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

"You know, Patrick, he wasn't my first choice, and I will tell you I had the opportunity to sit with him and talk with him," said Sen. Cortez Masto.  "Although we don't see eye-to-eye on all of the issues, I do know that as a former governor, he supported consent-based siting for Yucca Mountain.  We even saw in his own state that he accepted that waste, recognizing states' rights and involvement."   
   
The junior senator also supports Interior Secretary-Designate Ryan Zinke who's a Republican Congressman from Montana.

Patrick Walker, Politics NOW Anchor: "We've seen that he's voted for the Keystone XL Pipeline, against other conservation measures, so what was it that he was able to say?"
Sen. Cortez Masto: "When he was in the hearing, I asked him about the transfer of public lands, he was against the wholesale transfer of public lands, he understood the sensitivity of our tribal cultures."
   
8 News NOW reached out several times to the Heller campaign for an interview regarding his votes, but they haven't responded.


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