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Entry Title Date
Mchugh Nomination March 11, 2014
Orrin Hatch, R-UT
"Judge McHugh is the same highly qualified, noncontroversial nominee. There is no good reason why the majority will want to take months longer to confirm a nomination such as this. But this is the confirmation process the Democrats created. They got the control they wanted, and I believe this distortion of the process harms the Senate as an institution. By creating unnecessary controversy and delay, this new process also harms the other branches to which nominations have been made. It did not have to be this way. It should not have been this way."
Providing For Expedited Consideration Of Certain Nominations—Continued June 29, 2011
Lamar Alexander, R-TN
"This discussion by Senator Udall, Senator Harkin, and others wasn’t for naught because it initiated a debate that ended up with some changes in Senate procedures which we think are for the better. One of these changes was the abolition of secret holds, which some Senators in this body, including Senator Wyden and Senator Grassley, have been advocating for years—more than a decade. That was done. The discussions earlier this year with Senator Harkin and Senator Udall resulted in the legislation we passed earlier today, which helps the Senate exercise its constitutional duty to advice and consent by doing a better job of deciding which nominations do not deserve advice and consent. So we eliminated the requirement for advice and consent on 169 positions of the 1,400 that now require Senate confirmation. Most of those were part-time advisory boards. We didn’t need those to be confirmed."
Unanimous Consent Request—Executive Calendar May 27, 2010
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"This publication comes out on a daily basis to tell us which nominations have been sent to the floor of the Senate by the committees. They do not reach the floor of the Senate until a process is followed which involves nomination by the President of the United States, an investigation of the nominee by agencies of the government and by our committees, and then consideration of those nominees."
Executive Session February 1, 2010
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Some seek to justify this delay by creating controversy over “Wage Watch,” a pilot program started by the New York Department of Labor under Commissioner Smith designed to encourage Department employees to report labor law violations. This seems to be a controversy generated by those who disagree with the program. What is so troubling about this filibuster is how difficult it has become to determine which nominations Senate Republicans are merely blocking as part of their political strategy of obstruction and delay of President Obama’s nominees."
Executive Reports Of Committees May 24, 2007
Joseph Biden, D-DE
"Foreign Service nomination of Ross Marvin Hicks. Foreign Service nominations beginning with Patricia A. Miller and ending with Dean L. Smith, which nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on March 7, 2007. (minus 1 nominee: Mitchell G. Mabrey) Foreign Service nominations beginning with Edward W. Birgells and ending with Andrea J. Yates, which nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on March 22, 2007."

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