Reid schedules vote on Jewell nomination to Interior for Wednesday

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Reid said the Senate would begin consideration of Jewell’s nomination at 4 p.m. and proceed to a vote after two hours of debate.

Jewell is the head of outdoor gear giant REI, Inc. and would replace outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved Jewell with a bipartisan 19-3 vote last month.

Sens. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Tribes open new front in fight over pipelines Pipeline delay stirs anger, but not yet action, on Capitol Hill MORE (R-Wyo.), Tim ScottTim ScottFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears GOP senator: Charlotte video could ease tension House votes to eliminate Olympic medal tax MORE (R-S.C.) and Mike LeeMike LeeFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Shutdown risk grows over Flint Conservative group presses GOP to vote against spending bill MORE (R-Utah) voted against Jewell.