Wallace Could Fill Extended Interior Vacancy

From: Jackson Hole News & Guide

“If confirmed, in fact, Wallace would oversee two agencies that have lacked Senate-confirmed leadership dating to when Trump took office. Dan Smith, a deputy director who’s “exercising the authority of director,” now leads the National Park Service. Fish and Wildlife, meanwhile, is under the guidance of Margaret Everson, a principal deputy director who’s also “exercising the authority of director.” The requirement that the Senate accept or reject executive and judicial branch appointments is in the United States Constitution. “This provision, like many others in the Constitution, was born of compromise,” reads Senate.gov. “In debating the issue, the framers addressed concerns that entrusting the appointment power exclusively to the president would encourage monarchical tendencies.””

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