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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.

The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:30pm. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Mamet and Bel nominations.

If cloture is invoked on either of the nominations, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 10:30am, all post cloture time will be expired, and the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nominations.

5:30pm—Up to 2 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #892 Noah Bryson Mamet – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Argentine Republic
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #631 Colleen Bradley Bell – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Hungary

THE UNITED STATES SENATE HAS NO CONFIRMATION HEARINGS SCHEDULED TODAY


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.)

  • November 12, 2014

    President Obama Nominates Michael Greco to Serve as U.S. Marshal

  • President Obama nominated Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo and Kara Farnandez Stoll to serve on the United States Courts of Appeals.
  • NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Adewale Adeyemo, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice Marisa Lago.

    Antony Blinken, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of State, vice William J. Burns, resigned.

    Daniel R. Elliott, III, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2018.  (Reappointment).

    David Avren Jones, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board for a term expiring October 11, 2018.  (Reappointment)

    Michael D. Kennedy, of Georgia, to be a Member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board for a term expiring September 25, 2018.  (Reappointment)

    Marisa Lago, of New York, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, vice Miriam E. Sapiro, resigned.

    Lauren McGarity McFerran, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2019, vice Nancy Jean Schiffer, term expiring.

    Nicholas J. Rasmussen, of Virginia, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, vice Matthew G. Olsen, resigned.

    Antonio F. Weiss, of New York, to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury, vice Mary John Miller.

  • President Obama nominated Judge Dale A. Drozd and LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall to serve on the United States District Courts.
  • NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Leon Aron, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2016, vice S. Enders Wimbush, resigned.

    Walter A. Barrows, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board for a term expiring August 28, 2019.   (Reappointment)

    David J. Berteau, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, vice Alan F. Estevez, resigned.

    Leigh A. Bradley, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, vice Will A. Gunn, resigned.

    Romonia S. Dixon, of Arizona, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring October 6, 2018, vice Matthew Francis McCabe, term expired.

    Sim Farar, of California, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2015.  (Reappointment)

    Sim Farar, of California, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2018.  (Reappointment)

    Jeffery S. Hall, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration, for a term expiring October 13, 2018, vice Leland A. Strom, term expired.

    William Joseph Hybl, of Colorado, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2015.  (Reappointment)

    Michelle K. Lee, of California, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, vice David J. Kappos, resigned.

    Jay Neal Lerner, of Illinois, to be Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, vice Jon T. Rymer, resigned.

    Dava J. Newman, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Lori Garver, resigned.

    Michael P. O'Rielly, of New York, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2014.  (Reappointment)

    Azita Raji, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Sweden.

    Robert A. Salerno, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years, vice Robert Isaac Richter, retired.

    Mark Scarano, of New Hampshire, to be Federal Cochairperson of the Northern Border Regional Commission, vice Sandford Blitz, resigning.

    David S. Shapira, of Pennsylvania, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiringDecember 8, 2019, vice Dennis J. Toner, term expired.

    WITHDRAWALS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Michael G. Carroll, of New York, to be Inspector General, United States Agency for International Development, vice Donald A. Gambatesa, resigned, which was sent to the Senate on January 6, 2014.

    Jo Ann Rooney, of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary of the Navy, vice Robert O. Work, resigned, which was sent to the Senate on January 6, 2014.


  • November 12, 2014

    Presidential Nominations and Withdrawals Sent to the Senate


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

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Resumes of Obama Appointments in 2011

 

BLUE SLIPS FROM SENATORS DESIGNED TO SLOW CONFIRMATION TAKING OVER FOR FILIBUSTER 1-5-14

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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