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TSA nominee Pistole clears key Senate committee

By Joe Davidson
Anne Bartlett

By The Post's Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson:

On his third try, President Obama is a step closer to winning Senate approval of his nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration.

With a unanimous vote, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Thursday advanced the nomination of John Pistole, currently deputy director of the FBI. Pistole is Obama's third nominee for the position. The first two withdrew from consideration.

"Pistole brings outstanding expertise that will help us tackle some of our nation’s most difficult transportation security challenges," said Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the committee. "As FBI’s deputy director and second in command, Mr. Pistole has diverse experiences and a broad investigative and national security background that will make him a highly effective leader at one of the toughest posts in Washington. I look forward to his full Senate confirmation to put him on the job for the American people.”

The nomination still must be approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, before being considered by the full Senate.

By Joe Davidson  | June 18, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
Categories:  Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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This is scary. A nominee with such a violent name could lead to airport evacuations: Mr. Pistol was waived through security leading to the evacuation of Dulles airport while police searched for the weapon.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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