January 8th, 2010
03:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Battle over TSA chief looms in Senate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/16/art.demint.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Jim DemInt, R-South Carolina, is concerned about the TSA's involvement in collective bargaining."]Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to force a vote on Erroll Southers' nomination as the next Transportation Security Administration director when the Senate returns in mid-January, despite the hold Republicans have placed on the nomination.

Top Republican senators including Sam Brownback, Tom Coburn, Chuck Grassley, Mike Johans and John McCain have expressed "serious reservations" about Southers' ability to lead the TSA and have sent a letter to the White House this week expressing their concerns.

At issue: Southers' testimony before Congress in which they say he gave incomplete information about accessing a federal database for personal reasons. The move led to his censure from the FBI.

"We believe that Mr. Southers submitted erroneous, and possibly misleading, information regarding ethical violations during his service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation," the letter said. "In light of this, there are a number of questions that must be answered so the Senate can effectively render its Constitutional responsibility to advise and consent."

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. kk

    Who of these brilliant Senators were in office during 9/11?

    January 8, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. A typical right wing nut

    I think it is time to question the republicans patriotism.

    January 8, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Orange Curtain, CA

    Ensign, Coburn and Deminto are useless tools. All they care about is destroying unions and ability of the middle class to earn a decent wage.
    Too bad you goons...can't outsource TSA jobs to India or China making slave labor wages.

    January 8, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. A typical right wing nut

    The dozen terrorist attacks in America after 9-11 under Bush from should not count against Bush/Cheney as they were keeping us safe.

    January 8, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Ken, Arizona

    Sounds like more Republican BS to me. Make up your minds as to why you oppose this nominee. Is it because you fear that he might support collective bargaining or is because of something else? Pick one, otherwise it makes you look like obstructionists.

    January 8, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    Collective bargaining is the only way the TSA employees will even have a chance of getting a fair wage. The Republicans, or course, don't like it when people who actually WORK for a living are making a wage they can actually live on.

    GOP=the party of rich, white collar millionares who make themselves rich by underpaying the people who work for them.

    January 8, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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