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Filling vacancies at Homeland Security top priority for nominee

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 00:23

Nov. 13 - Jeh Johnson testifies at Senate confirmation hearing, saying his number one priority if confirmed will be to fill key leadership positions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Jeh Johnson, the nominee for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, testified at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday (November 13). He told lawmakers if confirmed, his number one priority will be to fill vacant leadership positions. "As I speak, the department of government charged with the vital mission of homeland security has no secretary, no deputy secretary, and a number of other senior positions are vacant. If confirmed as secretary my immediate priority starting the day I take the oath will be to work with the White House and the Senate to fill the remainder of these key leadership positions," Johnson said. At times, the hearing got heated. Republican Senator John McCain said he would not vote for Johnson unless he promised to boost border security. If confirmed, Johnson would succeed Janet Napolitano who left the post in September to lead the University of California.

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Filling vacancies at Homeland Security top priority for nominee

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 00:23