Another Day, Another Republican Hold on an Obama Nominee
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 8:46 am
There may be no better example of how the Senate’s holds and filibusters work now than this one — Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.), who holds his job because his political ally Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) appointed him in September, has placed a hold on the Obama administration’s nominee for ambassador to Brazil. Tom Shannon’s nomination is on hold so LeMieux can “discuss my concerns” and “fully vet” him.
Shannon — who has been Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs since 2005 — was nominated in May.
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