WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has approved President Barack Obama's pick to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department.
Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to send Alejandro Mayorkas' (May-OR-kiss) nomination to the full Senate.
Republicans voted present. They objected because Mayorkas is the subject of an ongoing Homeland Security inspector general's investigation of allegations he improperly influenced decisions in a foreign investor visa program.
Mayorkas is the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that processes such visa applications. He has denied wrongdoing.
Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., says the inspector general's office recently told him that investigators have not found evidence of criminal wrongdoing.