Senate Approves Trump's Homeland Security Pick

The Senate voted 59-33 Monday to support the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen as the next Department of Homeland Security secretary, the Washington Examiner reported Monday.

Nielsen previously served as chief of staff to Kelly and as senior legislative policy director for the department's Transportation and Security Administration (TSA).

Still, Nielsen received strong endorsements from Republicans, in and out of Congress, including two former DHS secretaries: Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.

Nielsen was chosen by the White House as the preferred nominee in early 2017 but waffled on the decision, which stalled the nomination of DHS leadership for months. Ms. Nielsen will be charged with leading the department at a critical time.

"I can't unequivocally state it's caused by humans", she said. The Senate confirmed her nomination 62-37, with 10 Democrats joining the Republican majority. Though no GOP senators sided against her, the outcome reflected both intense opposition to Trump as well as doubts about Nielsen's executive leadership experience and willingness to challenge the White House in the event of a disagreement.

In January, soon after Trump took office, senators confirmed Kelly 88-11. Bush. endorsed Nielsen's nomination.

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, who will serve as Nielsen's deputy, said: "Nielsen is a homeland security expert with a deep understanding of the issues facing the Department and is well-positioned to lead us into the future". It is hard to imagine how the head of one of our federal government's executive departments, who all report to the president, can ever be "free from political interference from the White House". Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), said she had concerns about the new secretary's independence.

She'll be the department's first Senate-confirmed secretary in months.

Nielsen has never held the top job at a federal agency or private sector company.

The decision came three weeks after the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Nielsen's nomination and almost two months after President Donald Trump selected her for the DHS post.

"There is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea", Nielsen said.

We have not seen any report about Nielsen's views on the Trump administration's position on whether "Dreamers", as those who qualified for USA residency under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are often called, should be allowed to stay in the United States.

The Trump administration announced in September it would end the program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children to live and work.

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