“Reid’s office announced Tuesday the leader will invoke a cloture vote on the nominee in order to end debate and vote on the matter. Political fighting around the failed bombing of a Christmas flight to Detroit has intensified in the past several days.

“Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has held up the nomination of Eroll Southers to head the TSA, which handles security at the nation’s airports. Reid spokesman Jim Manley labeled DeMint’s hold on Southers as ‘outrageous’ Tuesday as Democrats sought to cast Republicans as a party obstructing tighter security at airports.”