Liberal Groups Want Longer Lame Duck

A number of unions and liberal activist organizations are calling on Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Majority Leader until the end of this year, to extend the Senate’s current lame-duck session in order to vote on President Barack Obama’s nominations to executive and judicial posts. They claim, “[S]till languishing on the floor are more than 150 nominees to judgeships, ambassadorships, and important executive offices charged with protecting the health, safety, workers, environment, and our democracy itself.” 

The Senate has been churning through numerous judicial and executive branch appointments since the “nuclear meltdown” in the chamber last November, and particularly so since the recent elections, which will usher in a Republican-led Congress in January 2015. Among the more disputed nominations this week have been an official of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and two U.S. Ambassadors.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: December 5, 2014

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