[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."