Senate Committee Approves Jeh Johnson’s Nomination for Secretary of Homeland Security

The former Pentagon general counsel is expected to be confirmed by the Senate.

Jeh Johnson speaks after he was nominated by US President Barack Obama to be the next Homeland Security secretary during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on October 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jordain Carney
Nov. 20, 2013, 7:03 a.m.

The Sen­ate Home­land Se­cur­ity and Gov­ern­ment­al Af­fairs Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day ap­proved Jeh John­son’s nom­in­a­tion to be the next Home­land Se­cur­ity sec­ret­ary.

Though the nom­in­a­tion was passed by a voice vote, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., asked that Sens. Rand Paul and John Mc­Cain’s votes against John­son be ad­ded to the re­cord.

Mc­Cain battled with John­son dur­ing his con­firm­a­tion hear­ing earli­er this month over a re­quest for in­form­a­tion on bor­der se­cur­ity. The Ari­zona Re­pub­lic­an told the As­so­ci­ated Press that the nom­in­ee “re­fused to tell me that he would give me the in­form­a­tion as to what is ne­ces­sary to have 90 per­cent ef­fect­ive con­trol of our bor­der.”

Sen. Carl Lev­in, D-Mich., said the in­form­a­tion Mc­Cain asked for should be provided, call­ing it “an ap­pro­pri­ate re­quest.”

Com­mit­tee Chair­man Tom Carp­er, D-Del., Lev­in, and Coburn lav­ished praise on John­son dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing. Though Coburn called Home­land Se­cur­ity one of the most dys­func­tion­al de­part­ments in gov­ern­ment and said he has areas of dis­agree­ment with John­son, he noted that he “found him an open and hon­est broker that really wants to solve prob­lems.”

John­son is ex­pec­ted to be con­firmed by the Sen­ate.

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