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Mary Landrieu to keep her hold on Jack Lew's OMB nomination

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 5:47 p.m. ET
A swift confirmation of President Obama's choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget appears unlikely as a Democratic senator said Wednesday she will maintain a hold on the nomination.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

With lawmakers set to leave town for the midterm recess, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will keep her hold on Jacob J. Lew's nomination as OMB director because of the Obama administration's "ill-conceived moratoria on offshore drilling that are having such a devastating impact on working people and small businesses through the Gulf Coast," she said.

"The administration, for whatever reason, has stood in defiance of our federal courts and disregarded economists, experts and its own economic data in proceeding down a path that is putting thousands of people out of work and hurting the bottom line of hundreds of small businesses," Landrieu said in a statement.

The administration issued a six-month moratorium shortly after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20. It is set to expire on Nov. 30. Administration officials have hinted the temporary ban could end by early October.

Lew's nomination "is an issue separate and distinct from the issue of offshore oil exploration," OMB spokesman Kenneth Baer said in response to Landrieu. "While valuable time already has been expended, the Senate should take up the nomination of Jack Lew as soon as possible so the president has his team in place to deal with our serious fiscal situation and the tough job of crafting a budget for the next fiscal year."

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar met Tuesday with Landrieu and told her he will make a decision on ending the moratorium "independently, at his own pace, with the goal of creating a gold standard for worker safety, drilling safety, and environmental protection," according to the Interior Department.

"Oil and gas companies need to meet the new standards for safety and environmental compliance if they are going to be allowed to develop in U.S. waters," Interior said in a statement.

Landrieu last week placed a hold on Lew's nomination shortly after he earned favorable votes from the Senate budget and governmental affairs committees.

Lew is one of dozens of nominees still awaiting an up or down Senate vote, including Obama's picks to lead the Marine Corps and the Federal Reserve. Aides anticipate votes on at least a few of of the nominees later Thursday.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 29, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
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Ha! Obama just hasn't come up with a big enough bribe this time.

Posted by: 2012frank | September 29, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Landrieu is an ignorant DINO. She's not concerned about the nation. We'll see whether she can hold on to that seat when her term expires.

Posted by: denise4925 | September 29, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse


Ha! Obama just hasn't come up with a big enough bribe this time.

Posted by: 2012frank | September 29, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse
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As opposed to what other time? And he's bribing people, where's the money coming from?

Posted by: denise4925 | September 29, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Bloomberg Nov 2009:

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, one of three lawmakers being wooed by Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an extra $100 million in federal aid.

Nice bribe denise4925, very nice!

November can't come soon enough!

Posted by: 2012frank | September 29, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama (using a page from Lyndon) to Landrieu:

If you want a dime for Louisiana in a budget that I will sign, if you don't want a permanent ban on deepwater drilling, drop the hold. Then we can talk.

That's all.

Posted by: fr3dmars | September 29, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama (using a page from Lyndon) to Landrieu:

If you want a dime for Louisiana in a budget that I will sign, if you don't want a permanent ban on deepwater drilling, drop the hold. Then we can talk.

That's all.

Posted by: fr3dmars | September 29, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Do politicians use a different term for blackmailing?

Or perhaps Sen. Mary Landrieu is using a more direct brute force methods used by Mafia.

Is she from Louisianna?

Posted by: kishorgala | September 29, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Senate rules allowing a single Senator to "hold" a nominee were wrong when practiced by Jesse Helms and no less wrong when practiced by Mary Landrieu. The entire Senate should be ashamed. They are not. The GOP will vote for tax increases and the Dems will vote to repeal Davis-Bacon before either party will vote to restore a reasonable measure of democracy to the Senate rules.

Posted by: ARLinsay | September 29, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

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