Se­nate panel ap­proves Nielsen to lead DHS

The Washington Post - - POLITICS & THE NATION - — Nick Miroff

The Se­nate Home­land Se­cu­rity and Gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee on Tues­day voted 11 to 4 in fa­vor of Pres­i­dent Trump’s pick to lead the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, Kirst­jen Nielsen.

Democrats Ka­mala D. Har­ris (Calif.), Thomas R. Carper (Del.), Mag­gie Has­san (N.H.) and Gary Peters (Mich.) voted against Nielsen, a for­mer DHS of­fi­cial who is the deputy White House chief of staff.

Nielsen, 45, a cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­pert, served as chief of staff to John F. Kelly when he was DHS sec­re­tary from Jan­uary to July. She is ex­pected to face a full con­fir­ma­tion vote in the Se­nate in the com­ing weeks.

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