U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) released the following statement after voting to confirm John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Brennan was confirmed by a bipartisan vote of 63 to 34.
"Mr. Brennan is a dedicated public servant who has protected our nation against those who would do us harm, and will continue to do so as Director of the CIA.
"In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama pledged to execute our counterterrorism policies in a way that is more transparent to Congress and to the American people, and consistent with our nation's laws and system of checks and balances. I'm pleased that he followed through on that commitment by providing the Senate Intelligence Committee full access to documents outlining his authority to use lethal force against U.S. citizens in counter terrorism operations. Review of these materials is of fundamental importance to fulfill our oversight responsibilities and necessary in considering Mr. Brennan's nomination."