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  •  Confirmations for not much (3+ / 0-)
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    Villanova Rhodes, eXtina, MichaelNY

    Follow the link. Look at the confirmations dated 1/1/13. Before you do it, take a deep breath and prepare to be very underwhelmed.

    This is not being widely reported because close to nothing happened.

    "H.R.W.A.T.P.T.R.T.C.I.T.G -- He really was a terrible president that ran the country into the ground."

    by Reino on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:25:38 AM PST

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    •  only important to keep the government running (3+ / 0-)

      Every one of those positions, vacant, means work not getting done, uncertainty in setting policy, someone doing it as interim in addition to their other work. Plus every one means a nominee whose life has been on hold -- do we sell the house? move to DC (or wherever)? change the kids' schools? do I give notice at my current job, and if so, what about our health insurance?  (I've had friends who were in "nomination limbo" for months or even years, and it's definitely not pretty.)

      So I appreciate knowing that even when there's gridlock on a lot of issues, Reid and McConnell have been working on getting some of the confirmations done, not just this week, but in December too.

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