Homeland security panel approves nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen for DHS chief

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

A key Senate committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved Kirstjen Nielsen's nomination, 11-4. The panel's chairman, Sen. "Ms. Nielsen's prior experience at the department, background in cybersecurity, and tenure with General Kelly will serve her well in this challenging position", Johnson said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Nielsen, the White House deputy chief of staff.is expected to proceed to a full Senate confirmation in the coming weeks.

But Sen. Tom Carper, Delaware Democrat, said Ms. Nielsen has never managed more than 15 people, and he said that left him anxious she wouldn't be able to handle a department with more than 200,000 employees, with responsibilities ranging from emergency relief to overseeing the Coast Guard and Secret Service to controlling the country's three immigration services. They also cited concerns about possible White House interference in a recent DHS decision to send home thousands of Nicaraguans long granted US protection.

If confirmed, Nielsen will succeed Elaine Duke, who has led DHS on an acting basis since John Kelly stepped down in July to serve as chief of staff at the White House. "It's a big job, we need to get her in that position".

"I think she's qualified", said Sen.

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