Fed. Govt.: Possible Senate Support to Confirm Julie Myers

According to the Government Executive, Julie Myers appears to be gaining Senate support for her confirmation to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

After conducting a review of the incident, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine, say they will vote to confirm Myers.

“Sen. Lieberman regrets her lapse in judgment regarding the Halloween incident,” a Lieberman spokeswoman said. “He is inclined to support her nomination, given the committee’s review of her entire record, the fact that the union representing 7,000 ICE employees supports her and her year’s experience in office.”

Senator Claire McCaskill has a hold against Myers’s confirmation, but it is not indefinite.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is “adamantly against” the nomination, her spokeswoman said. […] McCaskill has filed paperwork to place a hold on the confirmation and is trying to persuade other senators to vote against her.

“Ultimately, Sen. McCaskill has no intention of putting an indefinite hold on Julie Myers,” the spokeswoman said. “She believes that if and when the nomination comes to the floor, she deserves an up or down vote.”

The ultimate decision for a confirmation vote rests with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Government Executive reports.

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