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May 26, 2006

Why hasn’t Ralph Basham been confirmed yet?

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on May 26, 2006

Michael Hayden was nominated to head the CIA on May 8th, and confirmed today – a total of 18 days from start to finish.

Meanwhile, Ralph Basham was nominated to head Customs and Border Protection – the nation’s lead border security agency and co-lead port security agency – on January 30th. And 116 days later, he still hasn’t been confirmed, even though as far as I can tell, there is absolutely no controversy about his nomination. What gives? He’s gone through the entire committee vetting process now (a hearing on April 5th, and unanimous committee approval on May 18th). How difficult would it have been to get him confirmed this morning…almost certainly on a voice vote, which would have taken mere minutes of floor time?

This slow boat to confirmation is detrimental to the important missions that CBP performs.

Update (5/26): Evidently he was finally confirmed today.

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