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The Senate adjorned until the newly elected Senate opens on January 7 2015. The present Senate will not meet again, ever, barring a national emergency when they could be called back into session

The new Republican Senate has a real challenge with two senior Cabinet officers - the Attorney General and the Head of the Department of Defense - and a high probability of at least Supreme Justice in the next two years. They have sworn to block all the President's nominee's.

Schedule for Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

The Senate stands adjourned sine die under the provisions of H.Con.Res.125until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Following the prayer and pledge and following the presentation of the certificates of election and the swearing-in of elected Members, there will be a required live quorum.


PRESIDENT'S NOMINATIONS TODAY: (These nominations require Senate confirmation.)

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Daniel Elliott, III – Member, Surface Transportation Board, and upon appointment to be designated Chairman
  • Lauren McFerran – Member, National Labor Relations Board
  • John Mendez –Member, Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and upon appointment to be designated Chairman
  • Antonio Weiss – Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, Department of the Treasury 

PRESIDENT'S APPOINTMENTS TODAY and recent days: (These appointments take effect immediately without Senate confirmation.)



Our experience with Presidential appointments for fifty years has chronicled more and more participation in the appointment process by citizens groups, and recently, more attention from elected political party officials at all levels of government. This new appreciation of the appointment process comes from a growing awareness of the importance of citizen participation in government policy. It also reflects the greater influence the federal government has over mundane daily affairs of every community. E-mail for more information at: Director@Presidential-Appointments.org

Resumes of appointments are available at:

Resumes of Obama Appointments in 2011


SENATE FILIBUSTER - this process in the United States Senate allows one Senator of either party to stop a particular piece of legislation or a nomination of the President. There is no authorization for this process in the Constitution - it operates because of a Senate rule which allows it. It began and for has lasted generations under both parties as a way to protect the segregation of black people in the south. It prevented legislation or appointments that might have weakened or ended slavery.


Individual Senators from a state are given the specific opportunity to comment on Presidential federal judge nominations. If those comments are even slightly unfriendly - the nomination has very little chance of being confirmed. It becomes really complicated when there is a fight among the two Senators of a state over the nomination. That problem exists at the moment in some of the southern states where a nominee may be the wrong brand of conservative for the sitting Senators. 1-6-14.

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RECESS APPOINTMENT ISSUES: The President has been confronted by a number of lawsuits which seek to declare some appointments he made as recess appointments are unconstitutional. The issue is what constitutes the Senate being in recess - in other words the constitutional definition of "recess" in this case. Several courts have ruled against the President - although the case in in front of the Supreme Court at this point. The obvious effort by the White House is to shake loose confirmations in the Senate in the face of a major shutdown of government by the Republicans in an effort to make the President weaker. That strategy in general has been to force the stoppage of confirmations for purely political purposes by the GOP. That fight has now begun to get more forceful and serious - and more threatening to the general safety of the country. 5-22-2013 1:00 am.

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     John Isaacson, page owner, graduated from Washington University Law School - He was involved in Missouri state politics as campaign manager for Governor and as state Republican Campaign Chairman in 1963-1964. Isaacson was an Air Force Intelligence Officer in Europe during the Berlin Crisis under John Kennedy - President Nixon appointed him to serve on the President's Commission for the Observance of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations, serving on the China Subcommittee which recommended the admission of China to the United Nations. His political experience includes meetings with Presidents Harry Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Ford. He enjoyed a long personal friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt and Edna Gellhorn, the founder of The League of Women Voters. Isaacson has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Near and Far East.  He now lives in western Montana near the Rocky Mountain Continental Divide in Butte Montana, the "Richest Hill on Earth."



Nominations and Appointments of the President of the United States - This page gives you appointments and nominations made in recent days

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