September 16, 2009

Gillibrand Statement On Kansas Republicans Dropping Hold On McHugh

Gillibrand Wrote to Senators Brownback and Roberts in August Urging Them to Drop Their Hold on McHugh

Washington, D.C. - After over a month of stalling the confirmation of Congressman John McHugh to be the next Secretary of the Army, two Kansas Republicans are backing off their legislative maneuver to block McHugh's confirmation.  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

"I want to thank Senators Brownback and Roberts for dropping their hold on Congressman McHugh, and for coming together in agreement to move forward on his confirmation.

"As I've said before, Congressman McHugh is a leader we can count on and the right person for the job. I look forward to working with him and all of my Senate colleagues to make sure our servicemembers and their families have all the resources they need, and to keep American families safe."

Senator Gillibrand's August letter to the Kansas Republicans is below:
August 12, 2009

Honorable Sam Brownback
United States Senate
303 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Honorable Pat Roberts
United States Senate
109 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Brownback and Roberts:

I am writing to respectfully request that you allow the United States Senate to vote on the nomination of Hon. John McHugh, to serve as Secretary of the Army.  In this critical time, our men and women in uniform should not be deprived of the critical leadership provided by the Secretary of the Army.  I had the privilege of serving with Congressman McHugh on the House Armed Services Committee and believe that he is uniquely qualified to serve and to lead the Army during this time of challenge and opportunity.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman McHugh provided strong leadership in providing for the well-being and safety of our troops and their families as they carry out their fundamental mission of keeping America safe.  He had the distinction of representing the men and women of Fort Drum in the United States House of Representatives, and proved to be a faithful and dedicated advocate on their behalf.  I have every confidence that he will bring the same leadership and determination to benefit all Army families across the United States.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter, and for your leadership in the United States Senate.  I look forward to continuing to work together with you to strengthen our Armed Services and provide for the security of our country.  I hope that you will reconsider your hold as it is in the best interest of the Army as a whole and of our nation's security to swiftly confirm Congressman McHugh's nomination as soon as the Senate returns from August recess.

Sincerely,

Kirsten E. Gillibrand