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Senate to hold nomination hearing for Wolf next week

Senate to hold nomination hearing for Wolf next week
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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee announced Friday that it will hold a nomination hearing for acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan Voting rights group files suit against Trump, administration officials alleging voter intimidation Business groups, universities file lawsuit over new rules targeting H-1B visas MORE next week.

The hearing will be Wednesday morning, and Wolf will be introduced by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzQuinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas China could cut our access to critical minerals at any time — here's why we need to act The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base MORE (R-Texas).

The hearing comes less than a month after President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE said he intends to nominate Wolf to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a permanent basis. He’s served in the role in an acting capacity since November, and the agency has gone more than a year without a Senate-confirmed leader.

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Wolf’s position was thrust into the spotlight last month after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Wolf was improperly appointed as acting secretary and was therefore ineligible for the position, though Trump and other Republicans dismissed the findings.

Wolf has been a top target of Democrats for months over the administration’s hardline immigration policies and the agency’s controversial tactics toward demonstrators in Portland, Ore., including sending out unidentified officers to detain protesters. 

He most recently drew rebukes from Democrats after he did not attend a Thursday House hearing on threats to the U.S. homeland following a feud between DHS and the House Homeland Security Committee. 

"In the over nine months that Mr. Wolf has been illegitimately serving as Acting Secretary, instead of focusing on the top threats to the nation and the ongoing pandemic that has killed over 175,000, his number one focus has been to please the President and carry out his radical political agenda," House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonLong-shot Espy campaign sees national boost in weeks before election House chairman asks Secret Service for briefing on COVID-19 safeguards for agents Hillicon Valley: House panel says Intelligence Community not equipped to address Chinese threats | House approves bill to send cyber resources to state, local governments MORE (D-Miss.) said in a statement after Wolf’s nomination was announced last month.

"I have seen no indication that he understands the Department’s non-partisan national security mission or is willing to carry it out," he added. "It’s quite clear he is simply not up to the job and his nomination should not move forward."