Only 15? Come on guys go nuts and recess appoint all the pending ones. Fuck the Republicans, if democrats don’t give them shit to scream about, they will just make it up anyway. From CNN….
“The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees,” Obama said in a written statement that also named the 15 individuals. “But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis.
“Most of the men and women whose appointments I am announcing today were approved by Senate committees months ago, yet still await a vote of the Senate. At a time of economic emergency, two top appointees to the Department of Treasury have been held up for nearly six months. I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.”
I hope this is a sign that the president is going to start getting rough with those idiot Republicans. I hope they don’t try the bipartisan thing on every bill and give the Republicans the chance to play their games. Unfortunately, there are a lot of weak democrats in the house and senate. More from the CNN piece…
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also welcomed the appointments Saturday.
“Regrettably, Senate Republicans have dedicated themselves to a failed strategy to cripple President Obama’s economic initiatives by stalling key Administration nominees at every turn,” said Reid spokesman Jim Manley. “With the recess appointments of these highly qualified individuals, President Obama has shown that he is serious about getting the right team in place to create jobs and protect the American work force.”