TSA nominee gets committee nod

Without a confirmed head for more than a year and a half and after three trys, the Transportation Security Administration may soon have an administrator.

On Thursday, June 17, the Senate Commerce Committee favorably reported John Pistole out of the committee to be TSA administrator and an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sen John “Jay“ Rockefeller (D–W.Va.), chairman of the committee, said this is very good news. “Pistole brings outstanding expertise that will help us tackle some of our nation’s most difficult transportation security challenges,” Rockefeller said. “As FBI’s deputy director and second in command, Mr. Pistole has diverse experiences and a broad investigative and national security background that will make him a highly effective leader at one of the toughest posts in Washington. I look forward to his full Senate confirmation to put him on the job for the American people.”

Pistole was nominated after two previous selections had withdrawn their names. Approval by the committee almost assures Pistole of quick confirmation by the full Senate.

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