WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, today issued the following statement regarding todayâ€™s unanimous Senate vote for confirmation of John Pistole, former deputy director of the FBI, as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.
â€œI commend the Senate for finally moving to put politics aside and confirm John Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
â€œIn the seventeen months the TSA has been without a leader, our country has experienced two airline-related terrorist incidents and the constant threat of further attacks on our country. While I am disappointed with the lengthy and partisan process it took to confirm a capable Administrator, I am looking forward to working with John Pistole and glad he was confirmed. He is a strong and experienced public servant who will bring a lifetime of law enforcement, counterterrorism, and intelligence knowledge to this critical agency.
â€œI look forward to working with him to improve TSAâ€”specifically its intelligence coordination and sharing operations, workforce challenges, and efficient use of advanced technological resources to protect this nationâ€™s citizens and vital interests.â€