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  •  No, one senator can put a hold for whatever (3+ / 0-)
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    Wreck Smurfy, LynneK, wolfie1818
    reason. The Dems did the same thing with Bush.

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mill

    by Micheline on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 06:30:45 PM PDT

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    •  BUT THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. (3+ / 0-)
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      Cripes! You're saying that Reid should hold off on getting Obama's nominees a vote until he's absolutely sure that not a single one of the Senate's 100 egomaniacs is going to put a hold on them?

      “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

      by Jyrinx on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 06:34:07 PM PDT

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      •  No I did not say that. Just pointing out (4+ / 0-)
        one of the stupid procedures in the Senate.

        Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. John Stuart Mill

        by Micheline on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 07:05:54 PM PDT

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      •  There was a hold on some. Others haven't (6+ / 0-)

        gotten out of committee unless it just happened.

        For instance as of 3 days ago

        When high-ranking officials in the Obama administration traveled to Mexico Tuesday to discuss that country's role in combating border violence, one key member of the team was missing: the commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security. That's because the appointment of the president's nominee to the position, Alan D. Bersin, remains hung up in the Finance Committee of the United States Senate, where it has languished since September.

        Bersin is currently the Special Representative for Border Affairs (informally called the "border czar") and a former U.S. attorney. Former Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar currently serves as the acting commissioner of CBP, which directs the activities of the Border Patrol and enforces trade and tariff laws.

        It's unclear whether politics are playing a role in delaying the appointment. In response to a call to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, who chairs the Finance Committee, a committee aide said an "expeditious and thorough review of nominees is simply critical. Committee staff — both majority and minority — evaluate nomination information as quickly as possible after it has been submitted to the committee and will continue to do so."

        U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Finance Committee, said the committee is still vetting Bersin, but he indicated general support. "The Finance Committee is doing its due diligence and conducting thorough background checks on Mr. Bersin," reads a statement from his office. "Sen. Cornyn is waiting for the final results of the committee's research, but at the moment, there doesn't appear to be a reason he would not support him. But, this clearly is a critical position for Texas that must be filled especially in light of the security threats along our southern border."

        How strange is that... we just needed majority vote to get them out of committee. How hard is that?
        Dawn Feldblum had a "secret hold" pending since October

        and so on.
        The Senate is so dysfunctional

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