DeMint Has Hold on Top Transportation Security Administration Nominee

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) continues to hold up President Obama’s nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration despite a recent airline bombing plot on Christmas Day, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

An alleged attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one.

Instead, the post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has held up President Obama’s nominee in an effort to prevent TSA workers from joining a labor union.

DeMint, in a statement, said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s alleged attempted attack in Detroit "is a perfect example of why the Obama administration should not unionize the TSA."

For now, DeMint said, the TSA has "flexibility to make real-time decisions that allowed it to quickly improve security measures in response to this attempted attack." He said that if organized labor were involved, union bosses would have the power "to veto or delay future security improvements at our airports."

An acting administrator “is in place at the TSA, the division of the Department of Homeland Security that oversees airport security.”

(credit image – getty)

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