Holder Markup Postponed
By Carrie A. Johnson
The markup on the nomination of Attorney General designee Eric H. Holder Jr. was postponed this morning after lawmakers cited conflicting schedule issues related to today's National Prayer Service.
Holder underwent a grueling day -long confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday in which he signaled a sharp break from the Bush-era Justice Department in hiring and policy issues such as corporate crime, civil rights and national security.
Legislative aides said this morning that Holder is still expected to win confirmation without a hitch after at least two prominent GOP lawmakers, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mel Martinez (R-Fl.) expressed support for him last week.
No word yet on when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) will reschedule the Holder markup. Until Holder wins confirmation by the full Senate, Mark Filip, the second-in-command in Bush's Justice Department, will serve as acting attorney general.
President Obama has rapidly been filling out the ranks at Justice--with new chiefs of the criminal division, civil division, national security unit, the Solicitor General and the Office of Legal Counsel formally nominated or in the works over the past couple of weeks.
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