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Murkowski mulls ‘hold’ on Interior nominee over King Cove Road rejection

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Ben Geman - 02/08/13 07:06 AM ET

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) might hold up Senate confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for Interior secretary because the Interior Department won’t approve construction of a road that Alaskan lawmakers call vital to healthcare access for a remote Aleutian village. Interior announced this week that it does not intend to allow a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a project advocates say is needed so that residents of King Cove can reach an all-weather airport in Cold Bay for medical evacuations.

Murkowski told The Hill Thursday she would consider placing a procedural “hold” on the nomination of Sally Jewell over the.....