August 13, 2009

Gillibrand Urges Kansas Republicans To Drop Hold on McHugh Nomination

Legislative Maneuver Compromises Safety, Security of Army at Critical Time

Washington, D.C. - As the stalled confirmation of Congressman John McHugh to be the next Secretary of the Army reaches its second week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the two Kansas Republicans who are blocking the nomination, urging them to move beyond politics and move forward on McHugh's confirmation. U.S. Senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts have put a hold on Congressman McHugh's confirmation, even though the Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed his nomination in an August 4 voice vote.

"As America wages two wars and with multiple international conflicts on the horizon, we can't afford to let politics get in the way of having every military post filled," Senator Gillibrand said. "We need Congressman McHugh's leadership now more than ever. Each day we hold up his confirmation and keep him from his new post, we compromise the safety and security of all Americans. I hope Senators Brownback and Roberts will join me and the rest of our Senate colleagues to put the interests of our country before all else, and finally confirm Congressman McHugh to this critical post."

Senator Gillibrand's full 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.





Kirsten E. Gillibrand