Tuesday’s batch confirmation of 60 patient Obama administration nominees was an encouraging break from Senate Republicans’ current unprecedented obstruction efforts, but it seems it might not yet represent the turning over of a new leaf.
NPR yesterday counted 69 Senate holds on executive branch and judicial nominees—most of them anonymous.
Included in this holding pen, our friends at Alliance For Justice have noticed, is every judicial nominee who’s been cleared for a floor vote, including 13 who received no opposition in committee.
Sen. Claire McCaskill now has gotten 68 Senators to sign a pledge to not participate in anonymous holds and to call for the abolishment of the practice. Only 10 Republicans have signed on.