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Friday, January 06, 2006

Bush appoints Myers as ICE chief in recess move

"President Bush on Jan. 4 bypassed the Senate and authorized the controversial appointment of Julie Myers as head of the Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau.

Myers will take charge of the agency, which has a $4 billion budget and more than 14,600 employees, on Jan. 9, ICE spokesman Michael Keegan said.

The full Senate never considered Myers. Jen Burita, a spokeswoman for committee chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the committee was unaware the recess appointment was coming until it was announced.

Myers told the committee on Sept. 15 that fixing ICE’s poor financial management will be one of her top priorities."

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