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Mayorkas confirmed for Homeland Security post

The Senate voted along party lines to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security Friday morning, after a vitriolic partisan debate that raged for months.

The 54-41 roll call vote occurred under new Senate rules that made it possible to confirm a presidential nominee with a simple majority instead of the 60 votes required previously.