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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 02:23 PM
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"Another Day, Another Disappointing Political Ploy Obstructing Progress"
Another Day, Another Disappointing Political Ploy Obstructing Progress
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on February 05, 2010 at 01:31 PM EST
Yesterday, just hours after the Senate voted 96-0 to confirm Martha Johnson as the Administrator of the GSA after a pointless 9-month delay, we learned that Sen. Richard Shelby from Alabama has placed a blanket hold on all nominees, including national security nominees, to use as leverage for some projects in his state. He's holding up 70 nominees, among them top intelligence officials at the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. According to the National Journal, hes holding them up until two defense contracts that would benefit interests in his state can be fast-tracked.

Let's be clear: Sen. Shelby is preventing qualified nominees who will help protect the American people from being confirmed. Hes not alone, though. This is just the latest example of this kind opposition for oppositions sake that the President talked about earlier this week.. This strategy of obstruction is preventing qualified people from doing their jobs on behalf of the American people and its preventing real work from getting done in Washington. Every minute spent needlessly blocking noncontroversial nominees, many of whom go on to be confirmed by 70 or more votes or by voice vote (nine of the Presidents nominees so far), is a minute not spent on the issues that matter to American families.

As I noted yesterday, this is true of the legislative process, too. The Senate cast more votes to break filibusters last year than in the entire 1950s and '60s combined, making it nearly impossible to come to agreement on key legislation.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/02/05/another-day-a...
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 02:23 PM
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1. Points to the WH for calling Shelby out on this. n/t
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 02:28 PM
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2. Harry Reid and the Senate Dems need to punish this POS for doing this
Like hold every bill that contains any kind of beneifts for his constituents until he straightens up.

If he wants to play tough guy, it's OK to get tough with him, Harry.
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Andy823 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 02:32 PM
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3. I agree.
I also think that if Harry can't get tough enough with the republicans then Harry should step down and let someone step up who "can" get tough enough to put a stop to this insanity by the republicans.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 02:40 PM
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4. Can they just have a cloture vote?
Edited on Fri Feb-05-10 02:41 PM by treestar
Even his fellow republicans might find this behavior to the too much. Any Senator could do it.

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