Secret holds update and other nomination news

The Times reports that there may be movement on ending secret holds in the Senate.

Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, announced Saturday that she has enough Senate support to overturn members’ ability to anonymously delay confirmation proceedings for nominees and legislation requiring Senate confirmation.

President Obama used his weekly address to highlight Senate delay in approving his nominees.

And as we speak today, 136 men and women who I’ve nominated for key positions in the federal government are awaiting a vote on the floor of the Senate.  All are highly qualified.  Very few are controversial.  The vast majority already have support from both parties.  But most of them are seeing their nominations intentionally delayed by Republican leaders, or even blocked altogether.  They cannot get a vote.  What this means is that, at a moment when our country is facing so many challenges – a time when we need all hands on deck – we cannot get the qualified people we need to start the jobs they were appointed to do.

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