Sanders Takes Stand Against Joe Biden

( )- On Wednesday Senator Bernie Sanders joined eight Republican Senators in a procedural vote to limit debate on Tommy Beaudreau’s nomination Deputy Interior Secretary. 89 Senators, meanwhile, voted in Beaudreau’s favor.

Central to progressive Democrats’ objections to Biden’s pick for the Number Two spot at the Interior Department is Beaudreau’s ties to oil giant Total and the multinational mining company BHP.

The White House believes Beaudreau is an acceptable compromise for Republican Senators who objected to Biden’s initial choice for the post, Elizabeth Klein. Though Klein was never formerly nominated, her name being floated as the possible Number Two garnered objections from Republicans who believed she was far too progressive for the position.

Klein did, however, still secure a position at Interior as Secretary Deb Haaland’s senior counsel.

Like most Biden picks, Tommy Beaudreau is an alum of the Obama Administration where he worked as Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from 2011 to 2014. After that, Beaudreau worked as chief of staff for Obama’s Department of the Interior.

Overall, Beaudreau enjoyed wide support among Senate Republicans, unlike the more controversial Haaland whose confirmation squeaked in with only 51 votes.

Beaudreau was ultimately confirmed with 88 votes – with Sanders, and eight Republicans voting against.

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that President Biden’s pick to head up the Bureau of Land Management was an eco-terrorist.

In 1993, Tracy Stone-Manning was given immunity for her testimony that she retyped and sent an anonymous letter to the US Forest Service on behalf of her former roommate John P. Blount.

The letter Stone-Manning sent informed the Forest Service that 500 pounds of tree spikes had been jammed into the trees of an Idaho forest.

Tree spiking is a dangerous tactic used by eco-terrorists where metal rods are inserted into trees to prevent them from being cut down. When saws strike these spikes, they can often kick back or explode injuring the workers operating them. In one such incident, a mill worker’s jaw was split in two from the exploding saw.

The letter Stone-Manning typed claimed the trees were marked so no workers would be injured and so “you assholes know they are spiked.” The letter closed with a post-script reading “You bastards go in there anyway and a lot of people could get hurt.”

When she testified in court, Stone-Manning claimed to be “somewhat shocked” by the letter Blount wanted her to type, but she rented a typewriter and did it anyway. Blount was sentenced to 17 months in prison after being convicted of spiking trees.