Senate Approves Trump's Homeland Security Pick

Posted December 07, 2017

The Senate confirmed President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security after John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE left the agency for his White House post earlier this year.

Kamala Harris, D-Calif, who voted against Nielsen's nomination, criticized her stances on immigration and the environment, as well as her experience. The Senate confirmed her nomination 62-37, with 10 Democrats joining the Republican majority. She followed Kelly to the White House where she was Deputy Chief of Cabinet.

"While I am glad that the Department of Homeland Security will soon finally have a permanent leader for the first time since July, there is still much we do not know about Ms. Nielsen's plans for the Department", said Rep. Bennie Thompson, R-Miss., ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee. 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.

"As our country continues to face ever-evolving threats at home and overseas, it is critical - now more than ever - that we have an experienced and apolitical leader at the Department of Homeland Security to work with us in our efforts to keep New Hampshire and the United States safe, secure, and free", said Sen.

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Nielsen said at her confirmation hearing last month that climate change is a "crucial issue", noting the Trump administration is revising its climate models to better respond to rising sea level, but said the human impact on climate change is not fully understood.

Nielsen's "work in and around the department since its creation, as well as her knowledge of cybersecurity, risk management and critical infrastructure, should serve her well in confronting the daunting threats to our homeland", said Sen. "Throughout her confirmation process, Ms. Nielsen failed to demonstrate that she would provide the steady experienced leadership - free from political interference from the White House - that the department needs". Bush. endorsed Nielsen's nomination. DHS has 22 subagencies, including everything from immigration enforcement, transportation security, disaster preparedness and response to the Secret Service and the Coast Guard.

Nielsen was nominated for the position by President Trump's in October.