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Old 02-04-2010, 09:42 PM  
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WTF do you call this? You want to know what is wrong with Congress here is example #1

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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary "blanket hold" on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, CongressDaily (sub. req.) reports. The hold means no nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a 60-member cloture vote to break it, or until Shelby lifts the hold.

"While holds are frequent," CongressDaily's Dan Friedman and Megan Scully report, "Senate aides said a blanket hold represents a far more aggressive use of the power than is normal."

Shelby has been tight-lipped about the holds, offering only an unnamed spokesperson to reporters today to explain them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke the news of the blanket hold this afternoon after Shelby announced it to him in a letter sent today. Reid aides told CongressDaily the hold extends to "all executive nominations on the Senate calendar."

According to the report, Shelby is holding Obama's nominees hostage until a pair of lucrative programs that would send billions in taxpayer dollars to his home state get back on track. CongressDaily laid out the programs Shelby wants to move forward or else:
- A $40 billion contract to build air-to-air refueling tankers. From the report: "Northrop/EADS team would build the planes in Mobile, Ala., but has threatened to pull out of the competition unless the Air Force makes changes to a draft request for proposals."

- An improvised explosive device testing lab for the FBI. From CongressDaily: "[Shelby] is frustrated that the Obama administration won't build" the center, which Shelby earmarked $45 million for in 2008. The center is due to be based "at the Army's Redstone Arsenal."

Though a Shelby spokesperson would not confirm that these programs were behind the blanket hold, the Senator expressed his frustration about the progress on both through a spokesperson earlier in the day, the magazine reports.

Back in Alabama, the Mobile Press-Register picked up the story early this afternoon. The paper confirmed Reid's claim of a blanket hold, and reported that a Shelby spokesperson "did not immediately respond to phone and e-mail messages seeking confirmation of the senator's action or his reason for doing so."

A San Diego State University professor and "Congressional expert" told the paper "he knew of no previous use of a blanket hold" in recent history.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:52 PM   #4
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What is interesting is there is another story out today that Kit Bond held up the appointment of the GSA chief for 9 months because he wanted a $175 million dollar grant for a building in KC. The Senate just approved her today 96-0.

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The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to confirm Martha N. Johnson as head of the General Services Administration, nearly 10 months after she was first nominated to head the federal agency.

Upon assuming office, Johnson "will become the first permanent Administrator of the General Services Administration in nearly two years."

Earlier in 2009, Johnson was unanimously approved by members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. But a single senator, Republican Kit Bond from Missouri, has used his symbolic 'privilege' to hold up consideration of Johnson's nomination since last summer. The delay was meant to pressure GSA administrators to approve a $175 million federal building project in Kansas City.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:55 PM   #5
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What is interesting is there is another story out today that Kit Bond held up the appointment of the GSA chief for 9 months because he wanted a $175 million dollar grant for a building in KC. The Senate just approved her today 96-0.
Well, I have about had it with all the pork. It has gotten out of hand. We don't need Senators and Reps bargaining for $'s back home. If someone's home State needs some Fed Funds then the State Gov. should take that up with the Feds. This is what happens with a big Fed Gov. Everyone's money gets thrown around all over the place and usually very unequaly I might add.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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What's the problem here? Until today, the democrats had all the votes they needed to override his hold. There must be some democrats who are sympathetic with his position.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:59 PM   #7
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What's the problem here? Until today, the democrats had all the votes they needed to override his hold. There must be some democrats who are sympathetic with his position.
This is true. But I am more pissed behind the motives of all this. These are the same Repubs crying about spending yet here they are holding up nominations until they get their $'s. It's really a good way to give yourself a black eye.
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:01 PM   #8
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Well, I have about had it with all the pork. It has gotten out of hand. We don't need Senators and Reps bargaining for $'s back home. If someone's home State needs some Fed Funds then the State Gov. should take that up with the Feds. This is what happens with a big Fed Gov. Everyone's money gets thrown around all over the place and usually very unequaly I might add.
I don't have a problem with senators and reps trying to get money for their states or districts. That is part of their job to help better their constituents. What I do have a problem with is holding up qualified people for unlimited time because of personal issues or trying to blackmail the government to give them money.

Now I am sure the Dems did this too so it is not like they are innocent but what Shelby did is unprecedented.
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:02 PM   #9
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for all the complaints? this isn't any worse or a better example...this generation of legislators is corrupt...it's just indicitive of how the state politicans get in bed with the govt and eventually give their power to them, exactly opposite of how it was designed...
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:05 PM   #10
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What's the problem here? Until today, the democrats had all the votes they needed to override his hold. There must be some democrats who are sympathetic with his position.
The hold was put on today. How convenient of him. Add in the fact the Dems 60 vote was always tenuous because of Lieberman.
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:07 PM   #11
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It's pretty apparent that these two parties are unable to work together. Why do we keep electing them again?
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:07 PM   #12
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for all the complaints? this isn't any worse or a better example...this generation of legislators is corrupt...it's just indicitive of how the state politicans get in bed with the govt and eventually give their power to them, exactly opposite of how it was designed...
There were alot of complaints about the Dems making a deal with Nelson and another Senator to secure their vote on health care. IMO this is no different.

But I agree with you that legislators are corrupt and we need term-limits in the worst way.
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There were alot of complaints about the Dems making a deal with Nelson and another Senator to secure their vote on health care. IMO this is no different.

But I agree with you that legislators are corrupt and we need term-limits in the worst way.
and those complaints were justified, and I agree..it's just more of the same.
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What's the problem here? Until today, the democrats had all the votes they needed to override his hold. There must be some democrats who are sympathetic with his position.
It's a handshake deal. When they want to hold a nomination hostage for some pork back home the others won't stop them.

These back room deals and pork are bad enough but holding up qualified candidates because you want more pork?
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