DELAYS

GOP Holds Up TSA Chief

Wondering where the TSA chief has been since the attempted Christmas bombing? There is no TSA chief: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has a hold on the White House's nominee for the position, Erroll Southers, citing fears that Southers would allow TSA workers to join a labor union. Southers has passed through two Senate committees, but DeMint's hold prevents his nomination from being subjected to a full Senate vote, and the Senator's demands for testimony about unionization would likely mean at least three days of debate and test votes. DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton blamed Democrats, saying that "President Obama waited 243 days in office before making a nomination"; DeMint, in a statement, had said the Christmas day terror attempt was a "perfect example of why the Obama administration should not unionize the TSA."