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Speaking as someone with Bell's Palsy, Richard Shelby's mouth is crooked.

But my lie was just about whether it is still the afternoon.

Today Senator Reid asked that the following nominations be confirmed by unanimous consent:

-Clifford L. Stanley, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness;
-Philip S. Goldberg, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research); and
-Caryn Wagner, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security.

Senator McConnell objected to the request. He said that Senator Shelby is talking to the Administration about an issue.

Dick has issues. So what, now the 41 - 59 GOP majority needs therapy? Teenagers have issues.

The same day the Ranking Member on the House Armed Service Rep. Buck McKeon R-CA spouts off at Heritage Foundation about defending 'American exceptionalism', all the Senate minority can do is say 'I object', to everything.

Aside from lawmakers - from both parties - with a stake in the nearly 50 DoD weapon programs Pentagon officials killed or altered in 2010, Republicans last year largely held their fire, to the surprise of many Washington defense insiders. But sources say that could change during the 2011 budget cycle, and McKeon's speech is seen by some as an opening salvo.

We wondered about whether the GOP was serious about deficits or just perpetual war already. There's the first part of the answer.

He then went on to describe a scenario under which Gates would shift $60 billion over the next five years from other Pentagon accounts to pay for ongoing wars. At the same time, military personnel costs continue to skyrocket, while more and more funding is shifted from war spending bills to the base DoD budget without greatly increasing the top line budget figure.

Is this great concern for the boots on the ground or the contributions of MIC lobbyists? Let's just leave the Department of Defense positions open, and concentrate on the procurement side.

McKeon also questioned Obama's chops to be commander in chief.

"Are our leaders equipped with the convictions necessary to properly defense America's values ... and America's people?" he asked.

But, but he's the President. Oh, I forgot.

IOKIYAR

They really do not want to have government work. In the run up to Iraq, the State Intelligence and Research provided a cleare picture, so that cannot function. Another attack is certain, you say Director? Well then, let's leave the all the Intelligence and Analysis positions open.





CAL NOMSG NONOMINEE, OFFICE AND PREDECESSORREPORTED BY
THE JUDICIARY
165 228 Marisa J. Demeo, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years, vice Rufus Gunn King, III, retired.May 20, 2009 Reported by Mr. Lieberman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without printed report.
FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
208 395 John J. Sullivan, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission for a term expiring April 30, 2013, vice Ellen L. Weintraub, term expired. Jun 11, 2009 Reported by Mr. Schumer, Committee on Rules and Administration, without printed report.
THE JUDICIARY
333 556 Stuart Gordon Nash, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of  Columbia for the term of fifteen years, vice Rafael Diaz, term expired.Jul 29, 2009 Reported by Mr. Lieberman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
404 640 Warren F. Miller, Jr., of New Mexico, to be Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, Department of Energy, vice Edward F. Sproat III, resigned. Aug 04, 2009 Reported by Mr. Bingaman, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, without printed report.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
427 558 Winslow Lorenzo Sargeant, of Wisconsin, to be Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration, vice Thomas M. Sullivan.Sep 16, 2009 Reported by Ms. Landrieu, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, without printed report.
THE JUDICIARY
468 634 Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, vice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., elevated.Oct 01, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
493 733 Brian Hayes, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2012, vice Robert J. Battista, term expired. Oct 21, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
494 734 Mark Gaston Pearce, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2013, vice Peter N. Kirsanow. Oct 21, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
497 875 Robert James Grey, Jr., of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2011, vice Bernice Phillips, term expired.Oct 21, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
498 876 John Gerson Levi, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2011, vice Herbert S. Garten, term expired. Oct 21, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
499 877 Martha L. Minow, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2011, vice David Hall, term expired.Oct 21, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
500 878 Julie A. Reiskin, of Colorado, to be Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2010, vice Thomas R. Meites, term expired.Oct 21, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
501 879 Gloria Valencia-Weber, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2011, vice Sarah M. Singleton, term expired.Oct 21, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
521 703 Rafael Borras, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland Security, vice Elaine C. Duke, resigned.Oct 28, 2009 Reported by Mr. Lieberman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without printed report.
ARMY
526 1097 The following named officers for appointment in the United States Army to the grade indicated under title 10, U.S.C., section 624: to be Major General Brigadier General Michael J. WalshOct 27, 2009 Reported by Mr. Levin, Committee on Armed Services, without printed report.
THE JUDICIARY
527 937 Barbara Milano Keenan, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, vice H. Emory Widener, Jr., retired.Oct 29, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION
531 802 Ketanji Brown Jackson, of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2013, vice Michael E. Horowitz, term expired.Nov 05, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
552 885 Jane Branstetter Stranch, of Tennessee, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, vice Martha Craig Daughtrey, retired.Nov 19, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
556 880 Benjamin B. Tucker, of New York, to be Deputy Director for State, Local, and Tribal Affairs, Office of National Drug Control Policy, vice Scott M. Burns.Nov 19, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
560 852 Terry A. Yonkers, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, vice William Anderson, resigned.Dec 02, 2009 Reported by Mr. Levin, Committee on Armed Services, without printed report.
561 1079 Clifford L. Stanley, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, vice David S. C. Chu, resigned.Dec 02, 2009 Reported by Mr. Levin, Committee on Armed Services, without printed report.
563 1127 Frank Kendall III, of Virginia, to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. (New Position)Dec 02, 2009 Reported by Mr. Levin, Committee on Armed Services, without printed report.
564 1159 Erin C. Conaton, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary of the Air Force, vice Ronald M. Sega, resigned.Dec 02, 2009 Reported by Mr. Levin, Committee on Armed Services, without printed report.
THE JUDICIARY
578 909 Thomas I. Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, vice Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, retired.Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
580 1056 Susan B. Carbon, of New Hampshire, to be Director of the Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice, vice Cynthia Dyer, resigned.Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
581 1057 John H. Laub, of the District of Columbia, to be Director of the National Institute of Justice, vice David W. Hagy, resigned.Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
588 1120 Philip E. Coyle, III, of California, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, vice Rosina M. Bierbaum. Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
AMTRAK BOARD OF DIRECTORS
589 1161 Anthony R. Coscia, of New Jersey, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years. (New Position)Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
590 1162 Albert DiClemente, of Delaware, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for the remainder of the term expiring July 26, 2011, vice R. Hunter Biden.Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD
591 1045 Mark R. Rosekind, of California, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for the remainder of the term expiring December 31, 2009, vice Kathryn Higgins, resigned.Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
592  1046Mark R. Rosekind, of California, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2014. (Reappointment)Dec 03, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
602 1111 Betty E. King, of New York, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador.Dec 08, 2009 Reported by Mr. Kerry, Committee on Foreign Relations, without printed report.
603 1154 Laura E. Kennedy, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament.Dec 08, 2009 Reported by Mr. Kerry, Committee on Foreign Relations, without printed report.
604 1153 Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, of California, for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as the United States Representative to the UN Human Rights Council.Dec 08, 2009 Reported by Mr. Kerry, Committee on Foreign Relations, without printed report.
THE JUDICIARY
607 1060 Denny Chin, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, vice Robert D. Sack, retired.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
609 1128 William M. Conley, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, vice Barbara B. Crabb, retiring.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the Judiciary, without printed report.
ADMINISTRATIVE UNITED STATES
610 1137 Paul R. Verkuil, of Florida, to be Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States for the term of five years, vice Thomasina V. Rogers, term expired.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Leahy, Committee on the  Judiciary, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
614 1116 Philip S. Goldberg, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research), vice Randall M. Fort, resigned.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mrs. Feinstein, Select Committee on Intelligence, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
615 1117 Caryn A. Wagner, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security. (New Position)Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mrs. Feinstein, Select Committee on Intelligence, without printed report.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
616 785 Jacqueline A. Berrien, of New York, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term  expiring July 1, 2014, vice Christine M. Griffin, term expired.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
617  957 Chai Rachel Feldblum, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term  expiring July 1, 2013, vice Leslie Silverman, term expired.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
618 1115 P. David Lopez, of Arizona, to be General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term of  four years, vice Ronald S. Cooper, resigned.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
619 1135 Victoria A. Lipnic, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the remainder of the term expiring July 1, 2010, vice Naomi Churchill Earp.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
620 1136 Victoria A. Lipnic, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2015. (Reappointment)Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
622 1049 Sara Manzano-Diaz, of Pennsylvania, to be Director of the Women's Bureau, Department of Labor, vice Shinae Chun, resigned.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
623 1053 Patrick Alfred Corvington, of Maryland, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, vice David Eisner.Dec 10, 2009 Reported by Mr. Harkin, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
625 1073 Elizabeth M. Harman, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, vice W. Ross Ashley, III, resigned.Dec 16, 2009 Reported by Mr. Lieberman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without  printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
627 1199 Robert A. Petzel, of Minnesota, to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs, vice Michael J. Kussman, resigned.Dec 16, 2009 Reported by Mr. Akaka, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, without printed report.
FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION
628 1083 Jill Long Thompson, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration, for a term expiring May 21, 2014, vice Nancy C. Pellett, term expired.Dec 16, 2009 Reported by Mrs. Lincoln, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, without printed report.
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
629 1180 Julie Simone Brill, of Vermont, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the term of seven years from September 26, 2009, vice Pamela Harbour, term expired. Dec 17, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
630 1181 Edith Ramirez, of California, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the term of seven years from September 26, 2008, vice Deborah P. Majoras, term expired.Dec 17, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
631 1197 Nicole Yvette Lamb-Hale, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, vice William G. Sutton, resigned.Dec 17, 2009 Reported by Mr. Rockefeller, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
640 930 Eric L. Hirschhorn, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, vice Mario Mancuso, resigned. Dec 17, 2009 Reported by Mr. Dodd, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
642 1010 Marisa Lago, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice Neel T. Kashkari, resigned.Dec 17, 2009 Reported by Mr. Dodd, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
643  1023 Steven L. Jacques, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vice Cathy M. MacFarlane.Dec 17, 2009 Reported by Mr. Dodd, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
644 224 Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury, vice David H. McCormick, resigned.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr. Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
645 500 Ellen Gloninger Murray, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Charles E. Johnson, resigned.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr. Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
646 739 Bryan Hayes Samuels, of Illinois, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, vice Joan E. Ohl, resigned. Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr. Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
647 871 Jim R. Esquea, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Vincent J. Ventimiglia, Jr., resigned.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr. Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
648 935 Michael W. Punke, of Montana, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, vice Peter F. Allgeier, resigned.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr.Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
649  1008 Islam A. Siddiqui, of Virginia, to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, vice Richard T. Crowder.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr. Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
650 1050 Charles Collyns, of Maryland, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury, vice Clay Lowery resigned.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr. Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
651 1058 Mary John Miller, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice Anthony W. Ryan, resigned.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr.Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.
652 1059 Michael F. Mundaca, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice Eric Solomon, resigned.Dec 23, 2009 Reported by Mr. Baucus, Committee on Finance, without printed report.

That GOP House budget blueprint sounds about like a repeat of the Boehner/Cantor/Ryan show with their alternative last year.

UPDATE: This table stops at the end of 2009. There were another 26 nominations moved out of committee this year so far.

Originally posted to CA Berkeley WV on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 06:05 PM PST.

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  •  It might snow here (12+ / 0-)

    A few Senators wanted to vote before the votes were called.

    1. Confirmation of the nomination of Patricia Smith to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor; Confirmed: 60-37
    1. Cloture on nomination of Martha Johnson to be Administrator for the GSA; Invoked: 82-16
    1. Confirmation of the nomination of Martha Johnson to be Administrator for the GSA; Confirmed: 96-0

    Several Democratic senators took to the floor to point out the waste of time the GSA nominee stall was and how it costs in inefficiencies.

    No Republicans came to the floor for Sen. Kirk D-MA farewell speech.

    Sen. Brown R-MA was sworn in after 5PM.

    Sen. Levin D-MI chair of Armed Service mentioned stalled nominees.

    Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

    by CA Berkeley WV on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 06:05:03 PM PST

    •  Snowe? Had More Than Enough of That Already. (3+ / 0-)
      Are 'holds' permanent? Can all the unconfirmed be interim appointees?
      (Could they be installed one night while congress sleeps?)
      I've temporarily lost all political patience with senate dems, as have the electorate who brought them into office. Are they going to do something like their jobs, including the HCR fix? Or is this show over and time to get drunk for 6 or 7 years?
      How are you doing? That was some serious scroll you put up. Thanks.

      one eye on the world and one within

      by renzo capetti on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 06:59:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Recess appointmetns are unti lthe beginning (3+ / 0-)

        of the next Congress, so these would be only 11 moths at this point. There have been disagreements in the past as to what is a recess. Bush had a 'liberal' interpretation. That is why Reid would have a gavel in gavel out session every three days in 2007.

        Read on.

        Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices -- François-Marie Arouet

        by CA Berkeley WV on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 07:06:03 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

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