Stone-Manning loan probed in BLM hearing

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Tracy Stone-Manning listens during a confirmation hearing for director of the Bureau of Land Management before the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee.

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Republican Sen. Steve Daines has raised concerns over a personal loan that Tracy Stone-Manning received while she was a staff member for Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in 2008.

The issue came up on Tuesday during Stone-Manning’s confirmation hearing as President Joe Biden’s nominee to become director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, asked her about the propriety of receiving a loan for between $50,000 and $100,000 at an interest rate of 6 percent, when the consumer loan rate was 11 percent.

Stone-Manning replied that she considered ethics “deeply important” and that “like many families in 2008, we got smacked by the recession. A friend loaned us some money to make sure we could get through it. And we came to terms and we honored the loan.”

The loan was disclosed in a personal finances report Stone-Manning filed during the

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