Senate spars over pick for TSA leader
By Kathy Kiely and Thomas Frank
WASHINGTON — As President Obama orders an overhaul of the nation's air security system, the agency charged with overseeing passenger safety lacks a permanent leader because of a Senate dispute over labor relations.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is insisting that the Senate debate the confirmation of Erroll Southers, Obama's nominee to head the nation's Transportation Security Administration, because Southers has refused to say whether he will authorize collective bargaining rights for the nation's 49,000 airport screeners.
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