Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will force the confirmation of a Transportation Security Administration chief back into motion as soon as the Senate reconvenes on January 19th.

Talking Points Memo reports: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will schedule a formal Senate roll call vote on the nomination of Errol Southers,” the Obama appointee who Republican Senator Jim DeMint has blocked for the past four months over worries about TSA employees being able to unionize. Reid will file a cloture motion to overcome DeMint’s block.

Reid’s promise to act comes in the wake of widespread Democratic outrage over DeMint’s continued politicization of the confirmation, even after the recent terror attempt on a trans-national airliner headed to Detroit.