May 11, 2006

Kempthorne Confirmation

Marcia Franklin and two experts take a look at Governor Kempthorne's nomination as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, a cabinet-level position. They talk about the challenges facing Kempthorne, if he is confirmed, in leading a department that manages one out of every five acres of land in the country, and provides the resources for nearly one-third of the nation's energy.

Kempthorne took questions from the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week and is expected to be confirmed by that committee on Wednesday. His nomination will then go before the full Senate.

If confirmed, he will be the 49th Secretary of the Interior and the second Idaho governor to serve in that position. Governor Cecil Andrus was Secretary of the Interior under President Jimmy Carter, from 1977-1981.

Agencies that fall under the Department of Interior include: the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Minerals Management Service and the Office of Surface Mining.