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Nov 16, 2007

Give 'em heck, Harry

Looks like Dr. Holzinger might not be putting on his general's suit as soon as he thought.

From Americablog
A statement from Senator Harry Reid:
The Senate will be coming in for pro-forma sessions during the Thanksgiving holiday to prevent recess appointments.

My hope is that this will prompt the President to see that it is our mutual interests for the nominations process to get back on track.

While an election year looms, significant progress can still be made on nominations.

I am committed to making that progress if the President will meet me half way.

But that progress can’t be made if the President seeks controversial recess appointments and fails to make Democratic appointments to important commissions.

As Democratic leader, I recommend nominees to the President for many important commissions like the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

These independent agencies are required by law to have Democratic representation.

As a result, the President has a statutory obligation to honor my recommendations and move on them in good faith.

And, up until recently, the President has generally discharged that obligation.

In the last several months, however, the administration has been stalling progress on Democratic appointments.

This problem existed before the August break.

In an effort to solve it, I worked hard to confirm over 40 administration nominees in exchange for a commitment by the President to make progress on a number of important commissions.

When we reconvened after August break, I also worked to quickly move on the President’s new Attorney General.

I did this despite my own opposition to that nominee.

Even with all this hard work on our side, the commitments the administration made to me before August break were not met.

In the almost three months since that break, we have received no Democratic nominees to full-time commission positions.

For some, in fact, absolutely no discernable progress has been made.

With Thanksgiving break looming, the administration informed me that they would make several recess appointments.

I indicated I would be willing to confirm various appointments if the administration would agree to move on Democratic appointments.

They would not make that commitment.

As a result, I am keeping the Senate in pro-forma to prevent recess appointments until we get this process back on track


dguzman said...

Man, my feelings on Reid are so damned mixed. One minute, he's givin' 'em hell, and I love him. The next, he's licking Bush's toes and taking up the old waazzoo. I'm dizzy from watching him stand up and fall down, stand up and fall down, over and over and over.

Distributorcap said...

as long as this works.......

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking congress should put everything on hold until chimpy leaves.

He'll veto what he doesn't want and the Dems can't override it so in the end he gets his way. Fuck him, stop it all until after the election.... OR, we could Impeach the MF already donchaknow!

Fran said...

cheney bad.
cheney bad.
cheney bad.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see Reid follow through, but I am not counting on it. Lucy can only pull the football away so many times. Charlie Brown may be eternally hopeful, but me...not so much.

ellroon said...

Please let Reid not sag and crumple into a wet rag again. Stand up straight and effing mean it this time!