Se­nate panel ap­proves Nielsen as head of DHS

Houston Chronicle - - NATION | WORLD -

A key Se­nate com­mit­tee has ap­proved Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s choice to lead the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity.

The Se­nate Home­land Se­cu­rity and Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs Com­mit­tee ap­proved Kirst­jen Nielsen’s nom­i­na­tion 11-4 on Tues­day. The panel’s chair­man, Repub­li­can Sen. Ron John­son of Wis­con­sin, says the full Se­nate could vote on Nielsen’s nom­i­na­tion by the end of Novem­ber.

Nielsen is a for­mer staffer at DHS who now serves as deputy White House chief of staff.

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