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Key nominees await Senate confirmation

By Ed O'Keefe

The Senate might have confirmed more than three dozen Obama administration nominees on Christmas Eve, but another five dozen still await an up or down vote.

Most political attention has focused this week on the lack of top leadership at the Transportation Security Administration, but as The Eye reports in Thursday's Post, several other agencies are without top leadership and others are missing key deputies in policy and management roles.

From Thursday's report:

The Senate confirmed nearly 500 of Obama's nominees this year, with more than 200 nominations still pending, according to the White House. The totals include nominees for executive branch positions, federal judgeships, ambassadorships, as well as U.S. attorney and U.S. marshal posts. The Christmas Eve vote approved 37 nominees with no opposition from either party. But Democrats wanted more.
"We confirmed as many as we could, but as the health-care debate proved, Republicans are not in the habit of making it easy for us," said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.)
Republicans accuse Democrats of focusing too much on health-care reform, making confirmation votes impossible. The GOP says that the White House and Senate committees waited until late in the year, just as the legislative calendar filled up, to announce several nominees for posts in the departments of Treasury, Commerce and Health and Human Services.

Read the full report here, then leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 31, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, From The Pages of The Post, Revolving Door  
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