WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, R-Me., Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued this statement Monday following the President’s announcement that he has nominated retired General Robert Harding, a former top Army intelligence official, to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):
“Secretary Napolitano called last night to inform me that the President would be nominating General Harding to lead the TSA,” said Senator Collins. “As we were starkly reminded on December 25 with the attempted terrorist attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the mission of TSA is critical to the security of our nation. I look forward to meeting with General Harding to discuss his qualifications and the many challenges facing the TSA,” Senator Collins said.