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Senate panel sends Jeh Johnson’s nomination to lead DHS to the Senate floor
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a business meeting on November 20 to consider Jeh Johnson’s nomination to be Secretary of DHS, and sent the nomination tio the Senate floor.
Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and ranking member Tom Coburn (R-OK) highlighted the committee’s decision to favorably report out the nomination by voice vote. The nomination now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
“Jeh Johnson’s nomination comes at a critical time for the Department of Homeland Security and for our nation and I thank my colleagues on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for approving his nomination,” said Chairman Carper. “If confirmed by the full Senate, Mr. Johnson will be met with the dual challenge of combating threats to our nation while also working to further strengthen management at the Department and encourage more cohesion among the Department’s components.”
“Mr. Johnson is well-equipped to face the enormous task of DHS Secretary,” added Sen. Coburn. “With so much at stake and with limited financial resources, DHS must work with Congress to ensure that spending on counterterrorism and intelligence programs makes us safer. The DHS Secretary is integral to this process and is tasked with balancing freedom, privacy and civil liberties with security. Mr. Johnson demonstrates the qualifications necessary to work side by side with Congress toward these goals, and I am hopeful the Senate will confirm him as soon as possible.”