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Bush-, Obama-era officials urge Senate to swiftly confirm Biden's DHS pick

Bush-, Obama-era officials urge Senate to swiftly confirm Biden's DHS pick
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A group of former Obama and Bush administration Homeland Security officials urged the Senate to quickly confirm President BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), saying it’s “more urgent than ever” to have a Senate-confirmed leader.

Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasBiden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge Biden strikes optimistic tone in meeting with Mexican president Biden admin will allow families separated under Trump to remain in US MORE, the DHS deputy under former President Obama, advanced out of committee Tuesday amid a hold on his nomination and a Republican effort to conduct a second hearing to review his nomination.

"In the wake of the January 6th domestic terror attack on the Capitol—the symbol of our nation’s democracy—it is more urgent than ever to have in place an experienced, capable and Senate-confirmed leader," Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, DHS secretaries under former President George W. Bush, and Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson, who served under Obama, wrote in a letter obtained by Fox News.

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“That person is Mayorkas,” they wrote to both Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellJudiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP MORE (R-Ky.).

The quartet wrote a similar op-ed in The Washington Post the week before Mayorkas’s nomination hit a roadblock when Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' Scarborough tears into 'Ivy League brats' Cruz, Hawley for attacking 'elites' No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage MORE (R-Mo.) announced he would place a hold on the nomination.

Mayorkas advanced out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday with a 7-4 vote.

But a letter from Sen. John CornynJohn CornynBottom line This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill MORE (R-Texas) asked both Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids? MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinFBI director set for combative hearing on mob attack No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill MORE (D-Ill.) to hold an additional hearing for Mayorkas before he reaches the Senate floor. 

“The Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction over matters relating to immigration and nationality under Senate Rule XXV. For this reason, all members of the committee should have the opportunity to hear from Mr. Mayorkas directly, and to publicly discuss with him his plans with respect to the Department’s immigration components and functions,” he said.