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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-11 03:39 PM
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19. EAC 101
The way the EAC is set up, it is supposed to have two Democrats and two Republicans at all times -- serving staggered four-year terms. The basic mechanism for achieving that bipartisan balance is to allow the partisan leaders of each house of Congress to recommend candidates, and to require Senate confirmation. At the outset, there were indeed two Democrats and two Republicans, notwithstanding that all four commissioners were "Bush appointees."

So, what went wrong? Long story short: Senate Republicans have blocked attempts to confirm replacements. Now, with only two commissioners, the EAC is mostly disabled, because a quorum is three.

The problem isn't that Obama refuses to get rid of Bush's commissioners -- it isn't as if he can unilaterally shorten their terms. Instead of asking why "the D party likes the Bush status quo," it might make more sense to ask why the R party likes the EAC dead in the water.
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