Skip to comments.US Senator blocks all Obama nominees amid tanker feud
Posted on 02/05/2010 10:47:01 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
A US Senator has taken the extraordinary step of blocking more than 70 of US President Barack Obama's nominees amid a dispute over a lucrative US Air Force tanker deal, senate aides said Friday.
Senator Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, placed a blanket "hold" in part because of the feud pitting Airbus parent EADS and its partner Northrop Grumman against Boeing, his office said.
"Senator Shelby is holding all of the president's nominees pending on the Executive Calendar," a total of "70-plus" people, said a spokeswoman for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Regan Lachapelle.
The US Senate frequently approves non-controversial nominees without a formal roll-call vote, with a "unanimous consent" determination that can be blocked by just one senator, requiring a time-consuming process and 60-votes in the 100-seat chamber to overcome.
Shelby "has placed holds on several pending nominees due to unaddressed national security concerns," his spokesman, Jonathan Graffeo, said in a statement that cited the tanker dispute as a key reason for the move. (snip)
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I have no problems with him blocking Obama nerds, but his pimping for Airbus pisses me off.
The moron could have chosen a better reason.
Boeing is not only the oldest but the largest aerospace company in Alabama and contributes about $1.2 Billion to the State’s economy!
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You’re correct.....and they, by God, DO build the best ‘heavies’ on the planet, bar none. I know from flying ‘em for years (up front and as a passenger).
At least he is blocking. And yes Boeing is very important to North AL.
Good. This should have been happening months ago.