Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is happy to take advantage of any opening a Ted Cruz tantrum provides.
By dragging out
the road to a Senate vote on funding the government, Sen. Ted Cruz inadvertently gave Democrats the time to get a few other things done
. And Majority Leader Harry Reid:
... took advantage of their protest, using the rare Saturday session to advance Obama’s nominees in the confirmation process.
Beginning Monday, Reid plans to set in motion votes for Vivek Murthy to serve as surgeon general, Daniel Santos to take a seat on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and Frank Rose to serve as an assistant secretary of state.
Then, Reid will set up votes for Antony Blinken to serve as a deputy secretary of state and Sarah Saldaña to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Republicans are likely to try to delay these votes—votes that could be blocked by delay, if enough senators decide they don't want to stick around doing their jobs a week before Christmas and leave, depriving Reid of the needed votes. But these nominations are starting the week a little ahead of the game, thanks to Cruz' immigration tantrum.