"Fortunately for our nation, he is a strong leader and well prepared to face the challenges that will await him," said Sen.
The hearing came a day after Senate
The rare bipartisan support for Johnson, a longtime Obama supporter, has been attributed largely to his track record for reaching across the aisle to work closely with Republicans.
If confirmed, Johnson would become the third African American in
Senators at Wednesday's hearing noted that the Homeland Security Department, the government's third-largest, was facing many challenges, including balancing privacy with security and addressing immigration.
Johnson said in his testimony that he supported "comprehensive, common-sense
The most ardent questioning for Johnson came from McCain, who threatened to withhold his vote unless the nominee committed to releasing certain internal departmental data regarding border control that McCain has been unable to receive.
When Johnson told McCain that he would commit to working with him and that he was inclined to give him the information, McCain pressed him further.
"I'm not asking for your inclination," McCain said. "I am asking for a yes or no answer. ... Unless you can tell me that you can give me the information, which this committee has the right to have, I cannot support your nomination."
In response, Johnson said: "Before I commit unequivocally to your question — and part of me very much wants to do that — I think I need to talk to people at