Dec 16, 2013 10:47 PM by Jennifer Horbelt
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's picks to fill key national security and foreign policy posts, including a new leader at the Department of Homeland Security, are heading toward Senate confirmation.
Votes are scheduled Monday night to confirm former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to head Homeland Security, and diplomat Anne W. Patterson to lead the State Department's Middle East diplomacy. Both are expected to sail to confirmation.
Johnson is replacing Janet Napolitano and says filling vacancies at the agency is a top priority. Patterson, currently the U.S. ambassador to Egypt and a former ambassador to Pakistan, will serve as an assistant secretary of state.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to move forward on additional Obama nominees this week, including Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve.