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REI’s Sally Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

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By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had demonstrated "the kind of leadership" that could reconcile the competing environmental and energy interests any Interior secretary must manage.