Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said Tuesday that he would put a hold on Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
From The Hill:
Hawley, who has come under fire recently amid allegations that he played a role in the Capitol riot early this month, made the announcement just hours after the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs wrapped its hearing with Mayorkas. The move delays the nomination of a post Democrats have argued is critical to fill immediately in order to protect national security.
“Mr. Mayorkas has not adequately explained how he will enforce federal law and secure the southern border given President-elect Biden’s promise to roll back major enforcement and security measures,” Hawley said in a statement.
“Just today, he declined to say he would enforce the laws Congress has already passed to secure the border wall system. Given this, I cannot consent to skip the standard vetting process and fast-track this nomination when so many questions remain unanswered.”
“Defeating the hold will require a vote by 60 senators, requiring 10 Republicans to cross over in favor of advancing Mayorkas’s nomination,” The Hill reported.
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