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 BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist 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 MayorkasButtigieg has high name recognition, favorability rating in Biden Cabinet: survey Meet Ayelet Shaked, Israel's polarizing and powerful Interior minister Watch live: DHS secretary testifies on border security 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 McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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 holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous 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 CornynMental health: The power of connecting requires the power of investing Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Cornyn says he 'would be surprised' if GOP tries to unseat Sinema in 2024 MORE (R-Texas) asked both Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Five faces from the media who became political candidates MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Bipartisan senators press FBI, inspector general for changes following Nassar case 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.