Senators are expected soon to introduce legislation that would drop the confirmation process for about 400 federal agency nominees. While they're at it, some veteran observers of the process on Wednesday said the Senate should make other changes to how it confirms a president's nominees.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says her decision to block President Obama's pick to serve as White House budget director is "a last resort" after months of trying to convince his administration that a moratorium on deep-water oil drilling is a bad idea.
A swift confirmation of President Obama's choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget appears unlikely as a Democratic senator said Tuesday she will maintain a hold on the nomination.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. warns that "The confirmation process is so twisted in knots that we are losing ground," as he implores the Senate to confirm federal judges before breaking for the November elections.
President Obama's pick to serve as head of the Office of Management and Budget looked headed for an easy Senate confirmation, until this afternoon, when Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) announced she plans to place a hold on the nomination until the Obama administration lifts a moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling.
President Obama's nominee to serve as budget chief is one step closer to confirmation, as the first of two Senate panels unanimously approved his nomination on Tuesday.