Haaland, Granholm, Vilsack on Capitol Hill this week

By Manuel Quiñones | 04/15/2024 06:39 AM EDT

Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Forest Service will also testify on fiscal 2025 spending.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is scheduled to make her first appearance on Capitol Hill on the fiscal 2025 budget. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will make her first appearance on Capitol Hill this year to defend the president’s fiscal 2025 budget plan.

Haaland is one of the most sought-after Cabinet leaders during the budget hearing process, with lawmakers eager to question her on a variety of administration initiatives on energy and the environment.

The White House proposed to increase the Interior Department’s spending after Congress cut a variety of its bureaus during the protracted and acrimonious fiscal 2024 spending process.


But Republican lawmakers will most likely scold Haaland on the administration’s treatment of fossil fuels. Just Friday the Bureau of Land Management finalized rulemaking with new royalty rates.