Senators Lift Hold on McHugh

ALBANY—Representative John McHugh's nomination to be secretary of the Army is moving forward.

Two Kansas senators removed their hold on his nomination, the Associated Press reported, which was placed due not to displeasure with McHugh, but concern that Barack Obama would send detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

McHugh has already cleared the necessary committee, and his confirmation is expected.

"Given Congressman's McHugh's stellar qualifications and his strong commitment to protecting our nation's security, it is good news that his nomination will no longer be unnecessarily delayed," Senator Chuck Schumer said in a statement. "I am urging that his confirmation be taken up as soon as possible now that the Senators from Kansas have removed their extraneous and unrelated hold."

McHugh needs to resign from the House of Representatives before a special election can be called to replace him; he is expected to do so once he is confirmed.

Senators Lift Hold on McHugh