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Trump Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary-designate, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 17 prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. 

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Monday night that it was delaying a vote on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke to become Interior secretary.

The committee posted on its website that it was delaying a business meeting scheduled for Tuesday until further notice. The business scheduled for Tuesday had been votes on the nominations of Zinke and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who had been nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the Energy Department.

Zinke, who was just elected to his second term as Montana's lone member of the House, had appeared to emerge unscathed from his confirmation hearing and had been predicted to be on a path to easy confirmation. Montana's Democratic and Republican parties have been preparing for a special election to replace the Republican congressman, with several people from both parties expressing interest in seeking the seat.

But Monday night, the notice of Tuesday's meeting carried a "POSTPONED" notice in red capital letters, set off by asterisks, adding "until further notice."

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No reasons were given for the committee's delay.

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