Sen. Ensign (R-NV) dropped his hold on Thad Allen’s nomination as Coast Guard commandant yesterday, and Allen was swiftly confirmed today. Sec. Chertoff’s statement in reaction to the confirmation:
I am delighted that Thad Allen has been confirmed by the Senate as the 23rd Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Thad is a highly-respected Coast Guard veteran who has served our nation with distinction for more than three decades. He will more than justify the confidence that the President and Senate place in him. I commend the Senate for acting quickly to confirm Thad, and I look forward to his continued leadership at the department.