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Senate panel strongly backs choice to be Interior chief

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s nominee to lead the Interior Department, Sally Jewell, cleared her first hurdle on the way to nomination Thursday, winning approval of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by a large bipartisan margin.

Only three of the panel’s 22 members — Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah, and Tim Scott of South Carolina, all Republicans — ­opposed the nomination.

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