Reid pledged to “do the very best we can” to confirm people “in the next few days.” (Doesn’t sound like he’s fixing to push back the current plan to call it quits a week from Friday. What about that Christmas threat?) “And hopefully we’ll get some cooperation from the Republicans to move more rather than less.”(He did get cooperation on moving a bunch of career ambassadors, but good luck now after pushing some non-career bundlers.)
The Senate has been chugging along of late confirming judges — they’re all district judges, no appeals court nominees are on the floor — regulatory agency folks and others at the rate of maybe five a day. So we’re looking at maybe around two to three dozen more?
Meanwhile, the Senate Tuesday night voted 68 to 28 to confirm Nani Coloretti to be deputy secretary of housing and urban development, and 53 to 44 to confirm Robert Adler to another term on the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Wednesday voted 95 to 2 to confirm Charlotte Burrows to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and reconfirmed P. David Lopez as the commission’s general counsel on a party-line 53-43 vote.
The Senate also cleared the way for a vote later Wednesday on three judicial nominees.