Senate confirms new DHS chief

Jay Jacobs
December 7, 2017

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement upon Senate confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security Secretary.

Nielsen, who was nominated in October, was expected to secure confirmation after clearing a procedural hurdle in a 59-33 vote on Monday evening.

Nielsen was confirmed 62 to 37, the narrowest-ever margin to approve a DHS Secretary. She followed Kelly to the White House where she was Deputy Chief of Cabinet.

By confirming Ms. Nielsen's nomination to lead the DHS, this Senate will take a serious step to strengthen our nation's security. 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 her new position as DHS secretary, Nielsen will oversee about 240,000 employees at Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies. Prior to that, Nielsen served as Kelly's chief of staff at DHS when Kelly was secretary of that department.

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Several Democrats expressed concerns over Nielsen's close relationship with the White House and potential political interference from the administration.

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. Bush. endorsed Nielsen's nomination.

Nielsen breezed through her confirmation hearing last month before members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, assuring lawmakers she would not obey an unlawful order from the White House. Ten Democrats joined in the vote to confirm Nielsen on December 5, with no Republicans voting against.

And in a statement released after the Senate confirmed Nielsen, Sen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5 that the DACA program will end in six months, giving Congress time to find a legislative solution for people enrolled in the program.

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