Skip to comments.Nominations Dominate Senate Agenda
Posted on 04/20/2009 5:25:18 PM PDT by zaphod3000
Returning tonight after a two-week break, the Senate will take up the nominations of Lanny Breuer, Christine Varney and Tony West to serve in various assistant attorney general posts in the Justice Department. All are expected to easily pass.
A vote to end debate on the nomination of Christopher Hill to be the ambassador to Iraq is also scheduled. A handful of GOP Senators, led by Sam Brownback (Kan.), have charged that Hill is not prepared for the job, and they sent a letter to President Barack Obama last month opposing the nomination. The noise is not expected to derail Hills eventual confirmation, however.
After some delay, the Finance Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius to serve as Health and Human Services secretary....with the full support of her home states two Republican Senators, she is expected to be approved.
And while the Senate will begin the week considering a trio of Justice Department appointments, missing from the lineup is Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen, who was nominated to run the Department of Justices Office of Legal Counsel.
Johnsen sat for a contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 25. The panel approved her nomination on March 20 on a party-line, 11-7 vote.
Judiciary ranking member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) opted to pass on voting on the nomination in committee, and he has not said how he will come down when the full Senate considers it.
Social conservatives have objected to Johnsen, who as head of the Office of Legal Counsel would be the presidents top adviser on matters before the Supreme Court. Senate Republicans have discussed possibly filibustering her nomination when it comes to the floor.
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Brownback is a disgrace to conservatives and the Republican party and is emblematic of the problems within the Republican Senate.