Senate Republican’s hold up two Presidental nomination’s…

The last time the Republicans got into it with Democrats on confirmations Harry Reid the Democratic Majority Ledaer had to threaten the GOPer’s with cuting the vote down to a simple majority…

The Senate voted 55 to 38 to move forward with the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, five votes short of the 60 required to break the Republican filibuster. Forty Republicans opposed the nomination, three voted “present” and two joined Democrats in supporting her. The vote to advance the nomination of Representative Melvin Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, to become the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency was 56 to 42, four votes short. Forty-one Republicans opposed Mr. Watt, and two supported him.

Republican objections to Ms. Millet, however, had nothing to do with her judicial temperament or political leanings. Instead, Republicans say they want to refuse Mr. Obama any more appointments to the appeals court, which is widely recognized as second only to the Supreme Court in importance and often rules on the legality of executive branch actions.

“Our Democratic colleagues and the administration’s supporters have been actually pretty candid,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. “They’ve admitted they want to control the court so it will advance the president’s agenda.”

The court is currently split evenly with four Republican appointees and four Democratic appointees among the judges who regularly hear cases. But it still has three vacancies…..

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  1. U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 1st Session

    as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

    Vote Summary

    ¶ Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency )

    Vote Number: 226 Vote Date: October 31, 2013, 12:07 PM
    Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected
    Nomination Number: PN408

    Nomination Description: Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency for a term of five years

    Vote Counts:
    YEAs 56
    NAYs 42
    Not Voting 2

    GOP for: Richard Burr (R-NC), voting with Kay Hagan (D-NC)
    Rob Portman (Ohio), voting with Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

    Not voting: Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla)

    ¶ Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit )

    Vote Number: 227 Vote Date: October 31, 2013, 12:38 PM
    Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected
    Nomination Number: PN527

    Nomination Description: Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit

    Vote Counts:
    YEAs 55
    NAYs 38
    Present 3
    Not Voting 4

    GOP for: Susan Collins (R-Maine), voting with Angus King (Ind-Me)
    Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), voting with Mark Begich (D-Alas.)

    GOP voting present (and thus not for cloture):
    Saxby Chambliss & Johnny Isakson (Ga), Orrin Hatch (Utah)

    Not Voting – 4
    Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    Mike Enzi (R-WY)
    Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

    ¶ Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation Katherine Archuleta, of Colorado, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management )

    Vote Number: 225 Vote Date: October 30, 2013, 05:18 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed
    Nomination Number: PN509

    Nomination Description: Katherine Archuleta, of Colorado, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years

    Vote Counts:
    YEAs 62
    NAYs 35
    Not Voting 3

    Republicans voting aye:
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Chiesa (R-NJ)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Fischer (R-NE)
    Flake (R-AZ)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Toomey (R-PA)

    Cloture on this nomination had sailed through 81-18 (vote no 224) with these dissenters and one non-voter:

    NAYs —18

    Ayotte (R-NH)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Boozman (R-AR)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Cruz (R-TX)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Heller (R-NV)
    Johnson (R-WI)
    Lee (R-UT)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Moran (R-KS)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Vitter (R-LA)

    Not Voting – 1

    Inhofe (R-OK)

    Source:
    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00224 (et seq., e.g. “&vote=225”, etc.)

    1. The GOPer’s aren’t the only ones holding up nominations….

      Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) placed a hold Thursday on the President Obama’s nominee to be undersecretary of the Navy over the nominee’s comments on prosecuting military sexual assault cases.

      Gillibrand placed the hold on Jo Ann Rooney shortly after Rooney’s nomination cleared the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

      Gillibrand criticized Rooney for her testimony at her confirmation hearing earlier this month, where Rooney was arguing in opposition to Gillibrand’s proposal that would take sexual assault cases away from military commanders.

      “A judge advocate outside the chain of command will be looking at a case through a different lens than a military commander,” Gillibrand read from Rooney’s statement at the hearing….

      http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/navy/188917-sen-gillibrand-places-hold-on-navy-nominee-over-sex-assault-stance

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