"Right now, there are more than 50 nominations sitting on the executive calendar. Some have remained on there since last summer. Republicans have said there should be no lapse in service for the NRC. Maybe, this standard should apply to other agency, judicial, and commission appointments as well. Time for a bipartisan deal?"
"When someone (in this instance the chairman) has a press conference to announce that he does not beat his female employees (any more), you know he is toast."
No, but later
"When is the last time the Senate did anything on time?"
"Her only chance of confirmation by June 30 is as part of a global agreement on nominees — a package involving judges, which usually only occurs before a long recess — that could happen before Memorial Day or Fourth of July recess, but is more likely to occur after June 30. She could get a recess appointment if a package is not worked out by June 30."
"Harry Reid won't let it happen [by] then, if ever."
"The timing will depend on what is in the IG report that is in progress. If it upholds Commissioner Svinicki's account, then she will be confirmed."
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Will Senate Republicans be able to get enough Democrats on board to pass the Keystone XL pipeline measure as part of the agreed-upon-in-conference transportation bill?
"Democrats want Keystone XL out of the media. The President is raising money off the issue, but Senate Democrats in vulnerable seats are getting hit."
"I think that there are enough "˜all of the above, including pro-oil' Democrats in the Senate."