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New report, lawmaker tackling Senate 'holds'

By Ed O'Keefe

The Obama administration had in place 64.4 percent of its Senate-confirmed agency positions after one year, lagging behind all four previous administrations in percentage terms, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress (which wisely used data from The Post's nomination tracking project Head Count).

As colleague Al Kamen writes today, the report asks the Senate to end the practice of putting holds on nominees for reasons unrelated to their nomination and thinks the White House should consider granting ethics waivers to experienced former lobbyists.

On the heels of the report, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) this week is trying to get full Senate votes for 76 "non-controversial" nominees (her words) who were voted out of Senate committees without objection. As you can see in the craftily edited video above, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) repeatedly objected to her motions on 17 of the nominees.

Will the new report or McCaskill's moves accelerate the confirmation process? Probably not. But read the full report, watch the video above and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Track all Obama nominees with The Post's Head Count.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 21, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Congress, Revolving Door  
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Our country is being overthrown from within...from people who never like it in the first place.

Vote OUT Obama's joker who doesn't want to work for Missouri anyway and said:

"It's OK if I don't get re-elected," she said in an interview. "I've just kind of decided that, hey, I'm just going to do this, and Missouri's hard, so there's a chance, you know, that I won't get re-elected. And if I don't, that's OK. It's not the end of the world."

Ok - we can accomodate you, seditious Madame Joker.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 21, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

All Senator Kly ever does is hide in the shadows and act is a totally undemocratic manner. He hides from taxpayers in Arizona all of the time. If you ever write him all you get is response is a request for money without any answers to your questions. Blocking nominees in secret? Typical!

Posted by: AZdave | April 21, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

eastfreaky... I don't understand your comment and how it relates to the video. I was there when she made the comment you refer to. She prefaced that comment with "I love my job and I love working hard for my state but if you chose not to re-elect me...." but again I will ask you what that has to do with the video you are supposed to be directing your comments about?

Posted by: respect2 | April 21, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Since government is depicted as the problem and Democrats the enemy, it's quite all right for the GOP (Guardians Of Privilege) to cripple the executive by holding the President's appointees -- especially if you can do so without being held accountable for the consequences.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | April 21, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

There's an easy solution. Obama needs to quit nominating radicals and lobbyists. After all, he promised no lobbyists on his payroll, and we've already seen enough admitted Maoists and Marxists.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 21, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Enough is enough! thehamptons1 - name one(1) "admitted Maoist or Marxist" among Obqama's nominations. I doubt you would know a Maoist or a Marxist if one bit you in the butt.

Posted by: hueylong | April 21, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The GOP strategists are to be complimented.
They secretly stall the nominations of the President and then they decry the fact that the President is not doing his job. They do anything and everything they can to stall, delay,deny and obstruct the work of the Administration and then complain loudly on media outlets (mostly FOX)that this Administration is failing. They are not working for the people by playing politics. Really disgusting.

Posted by: desertgem1924 | April 21, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The GOP strategists are to be complimented.
They secretly stall the nominations of the President and then they decry the fact that the President is not doing his job. They do anything and everything they can to stall, delay,deny and obstruct the work of the Administration and then complain loudly on media outlets (mostly FOX)that this Administration is failing. They are not working for the people by playing politics. Really disgusting.

Posted by: desertgem1924 | April 21, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama has assembled one of the most accomplished, effective cabinets in decades, and continues to make appointments to important government positions based on capability not cronyism.
The fact is that stupid resents smart, and incompetence hates capable, and it is always and ever thus.

Posted by: bluejay31 | April 21, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Republicans holding up everything for political reasons? Nothing new there. We just need to make sure that all Americans understand what's going on so they can make informed decisions come voting time.

When a party is in the minority, especially a decisive minority, it is their job to work WITH the majority to inform their decisions unless the majority isn't willing to even listen to the minority. The Democrats are the wide majority and they have invited the Republicans to most meetings with the President. When Bush was President he held closed door meetings with the Republican leadership and hardly ever invited any Democrat.

Clearly, whoever is running the Republican party needs to stop the obstructionism for political points or be replaced.

Posted by: thestoryplease | April 21, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

To thehamptons1:
Those are some pretty serious accusations you make. Could you be more specific as to who these individuals are. Or are you Beck'en it and just throwin some crap on the wall hopin' some idiot will believe it.
Take your teabags and go annoy some other forum.

Posted by: Foolkiller | April 21, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

to the following contributors and Obama sycophants:

"hueylong"- how about his green jobs czar.

"Foolkiller"- how about the confessed racist Sotomayer.

Posted by: numbersch13 | April 21, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

the gop is a bunch of cowards liars gutless and no shame. I admire a person who stands up for their country and the people in their district,and if the gutless repugs want to put a hold on someone at least have the guts to stand up an own it don't be a coward but you balls less men don't have the nerve to do so.LOSERS

Posted by: ronaldmiller3 | April 21, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

The people on here that are accusing President Obama of nominating Maoist or Marxist is all wet. The President is nominating the best poeple he can find for these positions. The nominees include Republicans, that the GOP are blocking. THE GOP really are the "PARTY OF NO"! The Republicans do not want our government to work! If they can not run the country, they do not want the Democrats to run it either! Well what go's around comes around. Maybe the Republicans won't be able to select any of their nominees either if they ever get in again. The polls are leaning for the Democrats agin, so maybe they Republicans need to show they are the party of I'm for Sale!

Posted by: newsjunkie1 | April 21, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

EASTTX isn't just freaky, it's stupid.

And it looks like the HAMPTONS are drinking the KoolAid too.

It's an old tactic; if you aren't bright enough to grasp the issues and discuss them, recite beckie code words and phrases.

Personally, I think McCaskill's got guts and her solutions to problems are pragmatic. I'm glad she is exposing the slimey, underhanded, never-ending workings of the Reds to block everything the current administration does, regardless of the effects on my country.


Posted by: lquarton | April 22, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

jeezus... our country is not being overthrown. You react as if we're still throwing tea overboard. All you racist tea baggers are the same... with a stunning 46% of the movement paying NO taxes at all, wailing about after getting jacked up by rush & sean and dipstick Beck... our country is indeed trying to start a movement... by you a-holes- to start a civil war and launch a military exercise. Why don't you guys try thinking progressive instead of regressive? We're not going "back" to any sort of reagan era taxation, your dimbullb dunce of a nominee Bush tried his best and succeeded in robbing out treasury via the most slanted tax breaks in history... and created the financial mess of a deficit and the middle class being squeezed out & down the economic ladder, and you want to mumble this bs about a joker running the show? Just come out and say it- you don't trust a black guy and somehow figurer he's gonna' take what money we have left and help the poor people? OOOOOOOOhhh - scary! Such a tragedy, the power of helping your fellow man. I feel sorry for all you stingy, what's in it for me white guys that have never had a heart nor anything close. There are a few Repubs that are not so slanted, but they are fee and far between. This country will not be overthrown by you weenies any time soon, nor any faster than the joker supposedly will. And I truly hope that someday you have a life-changing experience that helps you see that money is not the be-all, end-all... it is not a crime to lead a life of example, by practicing what you preach, that the more one gives, the more one receives. Oh, what's that? you can't pencil that out? Which is exactly why you lead a life of short changed spirituality.

Posted by: dmntnx | April 22, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

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