Senate Panel Advances CBP Head Nominee

By Allissa Wickham (December 7, 2017, 4:40 PM EST) -- The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved Kevin McAleenan to be the next head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, sending the nomination to the full Senate after a brief and largely uncontroversial hearing.

In a unanimous voice vote, the senate panel greenlit McAleenan to be the next CBP commissioner, advancing the nominee to the full chamber. McAleenan currently serves as the agency's acting commissioner, and was nominated by President Donald Trump to lead it permanently back in March.

During the low-drama voting session, only two senators weighed in on McAleenan: Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who struggled to pronounce McAleenan's name...

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