With bitter words, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has agreed to postpone action on President Barack Obama’s nominations to lead agencies responsible for the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Although legislative action will likely be delayed until the full Senate returns on January 23, the chamber will be in pro forma session, which prevents Obama from making recess appointments.
Last week, Reid scolded Republicans on the Senate floor for blocking the confirmation of qualified candidates “for nakedly partisan reasons.”
“This kind of Republican obstructionism has, unfortunately, become very commonplace,” Reid said. “But it also has consequences, and Republicans aiming to hurt the President have once again harmed our country instead.”
On the wait list of Obama’s nominees includes Martin Gruenberg to be chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Thomas Hoenig to be the FDIC's vice chair and Thomas Curry to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Reuters.com reports.
Republicans also blocked the nomination of Richard Cordray to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
During his floor speech, Reid also said he was upset with Republicans for blocking the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to be on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Maria Carmen Aponte to serve as ambassador to El Salvador.
“I hope Republicans will not turn every confirmation process into a political three-ring circus,” Reid said.
Before the Senate’s last day of work for the year, Obama’s pick for the U.S. ambassador of Moscow and assistant secretary of state won approval from the full Senate.
The Senate Finance Committee also approved Obama’s choice of Mary Miller for the Treasury Department’s domestic finance post responsible for overseeing the implementation of Dodd-Frank, Reuters.com reports.