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McConnell Urges Caucus to Oppose Mayorkas for Biden DHS Secretary

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Senate Republicans to vote in opposition to President Biden’s selection to steer the Department of Homeland Security, blasting Alejandro Mayorkas as an “ethically-compromised partisan lawyer.” “Frankly, his record should foreclose confirmation, even to a lower post,” McConnell mentioned Tuesday in a withering speech on the Senate ground, including that it’s “remarkable that someone with this record is even up for a Cabinet appointment. I’ll be voting against his confirmation and urge our colleagues to do the same.” The Kentucky Republican listed a number of facets of Mayorkas’s profession that he mentioned make the DHS veteran unworthy of the Cabinet put up. “As a high-ranking official in the Obama administration, Mr. Mayorkas did his best to turn U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services into an unethical favor factory for Democratic Party royalty,” McConnell continued. McConnell referenced an inspector common report that found Mayorkas had intervened to assist a number of international traders linked to high-profile Democrats get hold of inexperienced playing cards. Mayorkas beforehand headed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the place he promoted a “culture of fear and disrespect,” McConnell charged. The Senate GOP chief mentioned he has supported Biden’s different Cabinet nominees up so far as a result of they’re “mainstream” decisions, however argued Mayorkas is “something else.” A handful of different Senate Republicans have additionally voiced concern about Mayorkas’s nomination as DHS chief. “There’s a number of problems with that nomination that we need to talk about,” Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, mentioned final week. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer known as Mayorkas’s {qualifications} “unassailable.” “He is a seven-year veteran of the DHS and has already been confirmed by this chamber three — three — times,” Schumer mentioned. “Like most of President Biden’s Cabinet nominees, his nomination is also history-making: He will be the first Latino and first immigrant to hold the top job at DHS.” The Senate voted to verify Mayorkas as DHS Secretary Tuesday afternoon in a 56-43 vote. So far, 5 of Biden’s Cabinet-level nominees have been confirmed: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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