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    Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    t is business as it's done only in Washington. In this case, Senate Democrats try to approve President Obama's appointees.

    "These people are dealing with the safety and security of our country," said Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    But a single Republican senator stops the whole works. The objection is from Sen. Richard Shelby, who wasn't even there, but is using a Senate tactic to stall confirmation of scores of Obama appointees. It's all to try to get his way on major spending issues in his home state.

    This tactic is called a "hold," reports CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. It means that instead of the usual 51 votes to be confirmed, nominees have to get 60 votes. Getting to 60 isn't always easy with Democrats in control of just 57 seats. There are 41 Republicans and two Independents.

    Holds aren't unusual. But Shelby has flexed his Senatorial muscle to issue a rarer "blanket hold" of all nominees on the calendar. That's more than 80, including high ranking military, intelligence and national security officials, like Clifford Stanley to oversee Defense Personnel and Readiness.

    "This man would be the third-highest ranking person at the Pentagon," Reid said.

    Sen. Shelby wouldn't agree to an interview but his office says the holds are "due to unaddressed national security concerns."

    Specifically, he wants changes in the process to contract for Air Force re-fuelers - the contract is worth up to $40 billion.

    What he really wants is to get that contract to Northrup Grumman, which would build the re-fuelers in Shelby's home state of Alabama. Northrup has contributed more than $100,000 to Shelby over the years.

    Shelby also wants the administration to release $45 million from an earmark he got in 2008 for a "Terrorist Explosives Devices Analytical Center" at an Army base in - you guessed it - Shelby's home state.
    So you have a senator blocking crucial appointments, many related to national security, to bring a pork project home. On top of that, the GOP leadership is going along with it and helping him. There's something very wrong with this.
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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    So you have a senator blocking crucial appointments, many related to national security, to bring a pork project home. On top of that, the GOP leadership is going along with it and helping him. There's something very wrong with this.
    I have seen Democrats do this during the Bush years. They had best give Shelby what he wants, especially on the earmark.

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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I have seen Democrats do this during the Bush years. They had best give Shelby what he wants, especially on the earmark.
    Whom stalled appointments like this for a few earmarks?
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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    Whom stalled appointments like this for a few earmarks?
    I don't know. It was done, though. I am not sure it was done for earmarks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I don't know. It was done, though. I am not sure it was done for earmarks.

    I found a little bit with brief searching:

    Hell, out of the 270 political appointee positions at the Pentagon, almost every single one was held by a holdover for the first five years of Bush’s presidency.
    The Democrat Burrowers Inside The Bush Presidency[/QUOTE]

    and this:

    Levin and other top Democrats in the U.S. Senate were determined to prevent George W. Bush from getting the people he wanted into positions of power. Since all top nominees had to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, that gave the Democrats – who held a 50-49-1 majority once Vermont Republican James Jeffords quit the Republican party unexpectedly in May 2001 – powerful tools.

    Senate confirmation has always been a contentious process. Since the Nixon years, Senators Edward Kennedy and Joseph Biden have held conservative judges hostage to a litmus test on abortion and other left-wing causes. But at the start of the Bush administration, the Democrats took aim not at judges (that would come later) but at the president’s counter-terrorism and national security team.

    For nearly seven months, Levin and this Democratic teammates prevented confirmation hearings of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s top advisor’s – Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith, Assistant Secretary of Defense fo International Security Programs J.D. Crouch, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter W. Rodman. “While Levin was holding up their appointments, the incoming Pentagon policy team had no legal or political authority to do their vital jobs – a fact that helps explain why it took eight months for the Bush administration to draw up a strategic operational plan to destroy al-Qaeda,” wrote J. Michale Waller, a defense and intelligence policy specialist at the Institute of World Politics.

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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I have seen Democrats do this during the Bush years. They had best give Shelby what he wants, especially on the earmark.
    If this is truly all about earmarks, it needs to be shut down.
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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Interesting!

    But regardless who does it, it is pathetic.

    And in this case it is one person holding up all appointees which is kinda wtf. And as the above quote said, Bush appointees were held up for 8 months.. we are going on what.. 13 months now with these?

    Seems more like politics as usual and the never ending grab for money... just think once politicians actually tried to govern!
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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Interesting!

    But regardless who does it, it is pathetic.

    And in this case it is one person holding up all appointees which is kinda wtf. And as the above quote said, Bush appointees were held up for 8 months.. we are going on what.. 13 months now with these?

    Seems more like politics as usual and the never ending grab for money... just think once politicians actually tried to govern!
    No, Bush appointees were held up for 5 years!

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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    If this is truly all about earmarks, it needs to be shut down.





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    Re: Senator's Projects Stall Obama Appointees

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    No, Bush appointees were held up for 5 years!
    Which ones, and why?
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