GOP Holding Up Census Nominee
Robert M. Groves will have to wait a little longer to take the reins at the U.S. Census Bureau: Senate Republicans have placed a hold on his nomination, delaying his confirmation with less than six months before the 2010 Census begins.
Officially, Republican aides say Groves lacks unanimous consent from the Senate, which in plain speak means there's a hold, but it's unclear if just one or several senators have objections.
Under Senate rules, any senator can hold up a nomination for whatever reason and can choose to do so anonymously.
Groves served as the bureau’s associate director from 1990 to 1992 and currently is director of the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center. He cleared his Senate confirmation hearing with no objections from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the only GOP lawmaker at the hearing.
| June 5, 2009; 12:09 PM ET
Categories: Census, Confirmation Hearings, Congress
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