Hawley Blocks Quick Confirmation Of DHS Nominee

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January 20, 2021Politics
Hawley Blocks Quick Confirmation Of DHS Nominee
Alejandro Mayorkas, nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 19, 2021. (Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)

The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration:

President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of quick confirmation of his nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security have been blocked by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).

Hawley said Tuesday that he would block a procedural move to bypass full committee consideration of the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to lead DHS.

The move means the Mayorkas confirmation must go to the full Senate and there’s little chance he can be confirmed as Biden takes office Wednesday.

Hawley said he made the move because Mayorkas, in his confirmation hearing, would not commit to spending the $1.4 billion appropriated to expand the border wall with Mexico. Biden said he would halt future construction and Mayorkas said he would have to determine how the law requires DHS to spend the money.

Sen. Joshua D. Hawley
Sen. Joshua D. Hawley (R-MO) speaks during the confirmation for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the third day before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC., on Oct. 14, 2020. (Samuel Corum/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Hawley also said Mayorkas did not “adequately” explain how he would enforce border security.

The decision by the Missouri Republican comes as other senators urge a quick confirmation for a secretary of Homeland Security given threats that include the massive cyber attack on the U.S. government and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Hawley has drawn intense criticism since Jan. 6 from Democrats and fellow Republicans for signing on to the objection in the House Chamber of Pennsylvania’s slate of 20 Electoral College votes for Biden.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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