The closing vote will take place on Thursday afternoon and the confirmation vote will take place on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Obtained this schedule by unanimous consent in the Senate Wednesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, a group of eight senators, led by Cornyn, urged Durbin, the new chairman of the Judicial Committee, to hold a committee hearing to consider Mayorkas’ nomination – a move that would further delay the process. Durbin dismissed the request as “unnecessary” and called on Republicans on the committee for what he said was their lack of interest in DHS during the Trump administration.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday brought forward Mayorkas’ appointment to pave the way for a confirmation vote. The senses. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) both voted in favor in that committee vote.
Former DHS secretaries Janet Napolitano and Michael Chertoff on Wednesday expressed concern that Republicans are delaying Mayorkas’ nomination apparently due to political differences with the Biden administration.
“What I fear are disagreements with the president’s policy [are] used… to hold his nomination hostage, ”said Napolitano, who held the post in the Obama administration.
Chertoff, who served under President George W. Bush, added, “Let’s not let Ali Mayorkas’ appointment become hostage to the fact that some people don’t like politics. Certainly, we are now at a time when, if at all, the challenges for DHS are about as great as they have ever been.
Mayorkas would be the first immigrant and Latino to lead the department. He has already been confirmed by the Senate three times: as Deputy Secretary of DHS, Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and as United States Attorney for the Central District of California.
Burgess Everett contributed to this report.