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 BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room 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 MayorkasTop officials turn over Twitter accounts to 'share the mic' with Black cybersecurity experts Federal officers detail abuse described by asylum seekers Senate Republicans raise concerns about TSA cyber directives for rail, aviation 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 McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats 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 HawleyState watchdog to launch review of Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal Juan Williams: Trump's toxicity fuels fear of violence Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability 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 CornynCornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (R-Texas) asked both Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinManchin: Negotiators to miss Friday target for deal on reconciliation bill Democrats look for plan B on filibuster The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats 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.