But it’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘PFAW Memo: GOP Obstruction of Executive Branch Nominees’
‘Despite the fact that Democrats hold a significant majority in the Senate, Republican senators are continuing to block President Obama’s Executive Branch nominees at a rate never before seen, according to a review of records by People For the American Way’.
‘From 1949 (when Senate rules were changed to provide for cloture on nominations) through 2008, cloture votes were forced on only 20 executive branch nominations’.
‘However, in just the first four and a half years of the Obama administration, there have already been 16 such cloture votes’.
‘Senate Republicans are currently blocking nominees to a number of critical federal offices, including’ :
‘Tom Perez, nominated to be Secretary of Labor’;
‘Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency’;
‘Richard Cordray, picked to be the first chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’;
‘And five members of the National Labor Relations Board’.
‘It is no coincidence that these nominees have all been picked to head government offices that Republicans view with suspicion. Unable to eliminate these offices through democratic means, Senate Republicans are trying to cripple them through procedural obstruction’.
‘This sort of obstruction is literally unprecedented for either party and must be stopped’.
‘It prevents executive branch departments from serving critical public needs, and it represents, essentially, an effort to overturn the results of the last election’.
From : http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2013/07/pfaw-memo-gop-obstruction-executive-branch-nominees