Senate Republicans Block Obama Nominees


Republicans in the U.S. Senate, often collectively scolded by conservatives for their weak-willed response to Barack Obama, were active Thursday in delaying the confirmation of two high-level nominees.

While senators voted 56-42 to approve the nomination of Congressman Melvin Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, members of the GOP blocked the process based on the opinion he is too driven by his political ideology.

Slated to lead the agency in charge of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it is no wonder Republicans were wary of injecting the troubled lenders with even more leftist influence. Watt has been criticized in the past for his belief in more government intrusion into the housing market.

Democrats need at least 60 votes to curtail the GOP’s efforts to stall nominations, a threshold they also failed to reach in the approval process of a prospective U.S. Court of Appeals judge. Obama picked Patricia Millett to join the District of Columbia circuit court, which is the second most powerful court in the U.S. behind the Supreme Court.

Following a 55-38 vote in favor of Millett’s nomination, Republicans once again engaged in procedural tactics designed to delay the process. In this case, members of the GOP explained that they do not want to give the court a 5 to 4 majority of Democrat-appointed judges.

Though these and other Obama nominees might yet ascend to the positions for which they have been slated, Americans can at least look at Thursday’s action as a sign some of our representatives are indeed working on our behalf.

Hopefully, the leadership of young conservative senators such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee, combined with the treacherous policies of the Obama administration, will inject some much-needed backbone into the establishment Republicans so willing to capitulate.

–Western Journalism staff writer

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