Another Day, Another Republican Hold on an Obama Nominee

November 11, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

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.