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The Senate is on vacation until Monday April 13th.

Schedule for Monday, April 13, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of H.Con.Res.32 until 2:00pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #23. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 5:30pm—1 roll call vote

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #23, Alfred H. Bennett, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas


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

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated John Michael Vazquez and Paula Xinis to serve on the United States District Courts.

“I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench,”said President Obama.  “I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Franklin R. Parker – Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Atul Keshap – Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives, Department of State
  • Julieta Valls Noyes – Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, Department of State
  • Alaina B. Teplitz – Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Department of State

President Obama said, “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country.  They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them.”

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

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to attend the State Funeral Service of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Singapore to attend the State Funeral Service of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, on March 29, 2015.

The Honorable William J. Clinton, Former President of the United States, will lead the delegation.

Members of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

The Honorable Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

The Honorable Steven Green, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs



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


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."



1-13-14 Why present filibuster policy in the Senate ignores and violates Constitutional mandate of majority vote rule:

The Constitution says that votes in the Congress will be determined by a majority of those present and voting. Almost from the beginning of the Senate more than 200 years ago, Senators have said that the Senate rules can be put into control of the number of votes required to pass legislation or to confirm nominations of the President.

The Senators have taken a pompous and arrogant position that their votes do not have to follow the Constitution. Both political parties have supported the filibuster in various forms over the years. Its primary use since the Civil War has been to prevent legislation that weakened segregation laws. Now the same process is used by the minority part or minority voting groups to block legislation.

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