White House: Senate Dems Have Yet to Confirm Acting CBP Commissioner McAleenan

By Melanie Arter | March 1, 2018 | 9:57pm EST
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - In an effort to illustrate the “historic obstruction of Senate Democrats,” the White House pointed to acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who is awaiting confirmation by the Senate, as an example of how it affects the safety and security of the American people.

“Earlier this week, I mentioned that we were going to begin regularly highlighting the historic obstruction of Senate Democrats, an issue that threatens the safety and security of the American people,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

“As a reminder, compared to the four previous administrations, this Senate has confirmed the fewest nominees. Half of the president's highly qualified nominees are still waiting on confirmation,” she said.

“Today, we have another example. Two-hundred and seventy-six days ago, Kevin McAleenan was nominated to be commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Kevin's primary responsibility would be to help safeguard American borders, keeping both terrorists and their weapons out of our nation, all while facilitating lawful international trade,” Sanders said.

“Kevin should be preventing terrorists and contraband from entering the nation, yet he is still awaiting Senate confirmation. Senator Schumer should stop putting the safety and security of the American people at risk and immediately confirm him,” she said.

McAleenan was nominated to replace Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, who served under President Barack Obama. His nomination marks the first time in recent memory that anyone in active service at CBP or the former Customs Service was nominated for commissioner during the modern era. He received the nation’s highest civil service award, the Presidential Rank Award, in 2015.


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