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originally posted by: beyondtruth
a reply to: xuenchen
My question would be, does anyone think that Congress would have been jumping up and down to confirm any nominee of Obama's ?
Obama has waited longer than any recent President for cabinet appointees to get Congressional Confirmation.
link to 538
Testimony presented at the first two hearings usefully clarified the origins of unlimited debate in the Senate, circumstances surrounding the adoption of Rule XXII in 1917 and its subsequent amendment, changing norms and practices regarding the use of filibusters, holds, and cloture petitions, and in recent years the extraordinary increase in the frequency of extended-debate-related problems on major measures before the Senate.
I concur with the scholarly consensus that the emergence of an ideologically polarized Senate, with sharp party differences on most important issues, appears to be a major force behind the routinization of the filibuster. The striking unity within each of the party caucuses reflects this ideological separation but also arises from the rough parity between the parties. Control of the Senate is now regularly up for grabs. Both parties have powerful incentives to use the available parliamentary tools to wage a permanent campaign to retain or regain majority status. The resulting procedural arms race has served individual and partisan interests but has diminished the Senate as an institution and weakened the country’s capacity to govern.
The focus of my testimony at this hearing is the impact of the increasing use of filibusters and holds on the Senate confirmation of presidential appointees.
President Obama, struggling to staff his administration after a year in office, is blaming Republican efforts to "delay and obstruct" his nominees in the Senate -- and threatening to counteract those tactics with recess appointments.
Over 200 nominations are estimated to still be pending in the Senate, and Obama blames the minority party's "obstinacy," which he says is "rooted not in substantive disagreements but in political expedience."
The Obama administration has announced nominees for 569 posts requiring Senate confirmation, according to the White House Transition Group, an independent organization that tracks such positions. The Senate has received 561 of those nominations, but so far only 353 have been confirmed -- just 62 percent of Obama's announced picks, the group reported.
Fox News was unable Wednesday to verify the group's tally with White House officials.
The unconfirmed administration posts, which do not include ambassadors, U.S. attorneys or positions still awaiting nominations from Obama, mark a greater percentage than in the Bush White House, according to the White House Transition Group's research.
After former President George W. Bush's first year in office, the Senate had confirmed 360 of 513 administration posts named -- 70 percent of his announced nominees that year, according to the group.
a reply to: xuenchen
In 2009 and 2010 ?
freebeacon.com... (Bold is mine)
There was no permanent inspector general at the agency during Clinton’s tenure, and the acting IG, Harold Geisel, was a former ambassador under President Bill Clinton. Geisel was also reportedly a close friend of State Department undersecretary for management Patrick Kennedy, who was responsible for State Department security issues.
originally posted by: xuenchen
a reply to: beyondtruth
Well Obama would have had a better excuse if he had simply nominated an IG.
But he didn't did he. And he had many open positions at the time.
That's the whole point.
90° tangents aplenty.
originally posted by: beyondtruth
So in between baby decapitation and her husband being a perv did you get any evidence to support the theory that HC is responsible for the events that unfolded in Benghazi? OK so there were some creative fables told after the attack took place. I have a feeling the people calling for HC head based on the events in Benghazi alone are not the same ones who blame the former President GWB for repeated failures of intelligence leading up to 9/11. How many officials were imprisoned for that one? Did anyone even lose their job? Your ideological bias is showing. And this is coming from someone who believes that Hillary should be facing prosecution for her poor handling of classified material via a severe case of negligence.
originally posted by: pyramid head
originally posted by: introvert
a reply to: queenofswords
People that say, just sit back and wait are usually followers, not leaders.
Patience is a virtue. Acting on emotion or bad information in the heat of the moment can have deadly consequences.
Just ask an Iraq vet.
Maybe these lyin' thieving' criminals are counting on these types of do-nothing Americans to just buy their bs hook, line, and sinker.
Not this time!
What are you going to do? Please educate me. The only choices I see for us is to wait and see what the investigation produces and if you don't like the results, use your vote to try and effect change.
Is your solution to storm the White House and Congress?
Seriously, what the hell are you going to do?
Patience is not a virtue when it comes to this witch. Her husbands a pedophile rapist, and she's just as evil. Do you need to see her decapitate a baby on live television for her to go to prison?
Benghazi was enough for most people, hopefully the arrogance of her latest crime against the republic will put her in prison.
originally posted by: RickinVa
To put it very simply, the IG is the eagle that watches over the hen house to make sure the foxes don't eat the chickens.
Without an IG, the foxes had free reign to eat all the chickens that they wanted.
Judge: Ms. Clinton, you are charged with doing 90 mph in a school zone... how do you plead?
Clinton: Innocent Your Honor, the school zone was not marked, and that's how you know it was a school zone.
Judge: You didn't see the school, or the buses, or any of the children?
Clinton: I don't recall, but I do specifically remember that there were no markings indicating I was in a school zone.
When you put Hillarys defensive arguments into a different perspective, you can quickly see how silly they are.
There was a reason there was no IG at the State Department.... it wasn't an accidental oversight.
Good example. The only thing is...if there were no markings in the school zone, it was perhaps immoral and unethical, but would it be illegal or criminal?
originally posted by: introvert
a reply to: RickinVa
There was an interim State Department IG. His name was Harold Geisel.
Sixteen days after he filed the demand in federal court, Geisel was replaced by Steven Linick. The Senate confirmed Linick in September of 2013. The drafts in question showed the inspector general's office had removed damaging findings about high-level interference at the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which is tasked with investigating allegations of misconduct among diplomatic officials. Deleted findings that appear in the drafts, but not the final report, suggested State Department officials had at times blocked investigations that might have embarrassed ambassadors or other "rising stars" in the agency.
You always so the same crap on every Hillary thread... pick and choose your statements to suit your agenda,
while completely ignoring all other relative information that doesn't suit your agenda.
You are 100% correct that there was an temporary IG
but you also ignore that he was involved in some nefarious activities because it doesn't make your case look very good.
There was a reason there was no permanent/full time IG at the State Department.... it wasn't an accidental oversight.
It's off topic to talk about the temporary IG's shady history in a thread about IG's at the State Department while Hillary was SoS?
You keep talking about people making assumptions and all I see is you making an "assumption" that talking about an IG is off topic in thread about IG's.
State Department officials blocked investigations into potentially embarrassing allegations of misconduct from agency investigators and even inspector general staff during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. A former official in the State Department inspector general's office who was involved with preparing the sanitized report said agency officials also interfered in probes originating in the Office of the Inspector General.