Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery Jeffrey Byard speaks to the FEMA staff at the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 14, 2018. (Kenneth Wilsey/FEMA)

Trump’s Nominee to Lead FEMA Could Be Derailed Over Personal Issue

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency is stalled in the Senate and may not be confirmed over personal matters, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump announced that he would nominate Jeffrey Byard in February, after Brock Long, the agency’s head, resigned amid questions about his personal use of government cars to commute from North Carolina to Washington.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee which oversees FEMA, confirmed Thursday that there are problems with Byard’s nomination.

Read more at Politico

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