02.02.21

Peters Floor Remarks on Confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas to Serve as Secretary of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), incoming Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the confirmation of Alejandro N. Mayorkas to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security. In his remarks, Peters’ highlighted Mayorkas’ experience and qualifications, which are especially needed given the number of serious national security threats our nation currently faces.

“I appreciate my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for advancing this critical nomination so we can finally provide the Department of Homeland Security with the qualified, experienced and Senate-confirmed leader they desperately need,” said Senator Peters. “Mr. Mayorkas is a proven leader and has the experience to protect the American people from harm.”

Below is video and the text of Peters’ opening remarks as prepared for delivery:

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“I rise in support of confirming Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security.

“I appreciate my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for advancing this critical nomination so we can finally provide the Department of Homeland Security with the qualified, experienced and Senate-confirmed leader they desperately need.

“Mr. Mayorkas is a proven leader and has the experience to protect the American people from harm. 

“Throughout his confirmation process, Mr. Mayorkas also committed to transparency and working on a bipartisan basis to ensure the Department is able to take on persistent and emerging threats.

“And right now, the threats we face are severe. From domestic terrorism – including the rise of white supremacist violence – to cyberattacks from foreign adversaries – to tackling a deadly pandemic – DHS continues to face daunting challenges. Challenges that have only been made more difficult to address due to years of chaos during the previous Administration.

“That is why former Homeland Security Secretaries, from both Republican and Democratic Administrations, senior homeland security officials, and law enforcement organizations have urged the Senate to quickly confirm Mr. Mayorkas because they know he is well-prepared for the difficult tasks that lie ahead. 

“The Department of Homeland Security needs leadership, and it needs it now. By voting to confirm Mr. Mayorkas, this body can show every American we are committed to ensuring they are safe and secure.”

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