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McCaskill: DeMint 'Nuts' To Block TSA Nominee Over Benefits (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:05 PM ET

On CNN Sunday morning, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said it was "nuts" for a Republican senator to hold up the confirmation of a Transportation Security Administration chief over concerns about letting employees join a union.

"With all due respect, this is nuts holding him up over whether somebody's going to be able to bargain for a better benefit," McCaskill said. "Playing games with the process -- all it's doing is hurting the traveling public, because the most important front-line agency to protect Americans right now on flights is being held up over political stuff."

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has been blocking the confirmation of Erroll Southers, demanding a debate and floor vote, because he fears the nominee will let workers bargain collectively. Southers has the approval of two bipartisan committees.


DeMint has defended his block even after the attempted terror attack on Christmas, saying the unionization issue is a valid security concern. He's complained that Democrats are rushing the process.


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Filed by Rachel Weiner  |