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September 2, 2014

Battle Over Nominees Heats Up Again

Senate Republicans blocked votes on President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency — Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) — and an appointment to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Patricia Millett, reigniting “a simmering fight in the Senate over whether to change the confirmation process to limit the minority party’s ability to block nominations,” according to National Journal.

Washington Post: “Republicans acknowledged that they would confirm someone with Millett’s experience to just about any other federal court — she is an accomplished appellate court lawyer who has argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court — but not the important D.C. federal court.”

“A number of Republicans said in recent days that Watt — a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee — does not have the requisite experience to oversee such a massive agency.”

  • Lorehead

    They’ve transparently declared that they refuse to appoint anyone to the DC circuit and that making nominations at all constitutes court-packing. They also don’t want financial oversight to function at all.

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