Republican Obstructionalism – Shelby Stops The Senate

05 Feb

This is a massive abuse of power and position by Alabama Senator Shelby. If the chickensquat Democrats don’t censure him for this, or use the “nuclear” option –  they are fools.

Report: Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations In The Senate Over AL Earmarks

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary “blanket hold” on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, CongressDaily (sub. req.) reports. The hold means no nominations can move forward unless Senate Democrats can secure a 60-member cloture vote to break it, or until Shelby lifts the hold.

“While holds are frequent,” CongressDaily‘s Dan Friedman and Megan Scully report, “Senate aides said a blanket hold represents a far more aggressive use of the power than is normal.”

Shelby has been tight-lipped about the holds, offering only an unnamed spokesperson to reporters today to explain them. Aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke the news of the blanket hold this afternoon. Reid aides told CongressDaily the hold extends to “all executive nominations on the Senate calendar.”

According to the report, Shelby is holding Obama’s nominees hostage until a pair of lucrative programs that would send billions in taxpayer dollars to his home state get back on track. CongressDaily laid out the programs Shelby wants to move forward or else:

– A $40 billion contract to build air-to-air refueling tankers. From the report: “Northrop/EADS team would build the planes in Mobile, Ala., but has threatened to pull out of the competition unless the Air Force makes changes to a draft request for proposals.”

– An improvised explosive device testing lab for the FBI. From CongressDaily: “[Shelby] is frustrated that the Obama administration won’t build” the center, which Shelby earmarked $45 million for in 2008. The center is due to be based “at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal.”

Though a Shelby spokesperson would not confirm that these programs were behind the blanket hold, the Senator expressed his frustration about the progress on both through a spokesperson earlier in the day, the magazine reports.

Back in Alabama, the Mobile Press-Register picked up the story early this afternoon. The paper confirmed Reid’s account of the hold, and reported that a Shelby spokesperson “did not immediately respond to phone and e-mail messages seeking confirmation of the senator’s action or his reason for doing so.”

A San Diego State University professor and “Congressional expert” told the paper “he knew of no previous use of a blanket hold” in recent history.


Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks


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2 responses to “Republican Obstructionalism – Shelby Stops The Senate

  1. brotherbrown

    February 5, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Democrats, your move.


  2. Yes

    February 5, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    ****Please dont me from ban from the sit888

    Well, The Press Register “hit the nail on the head” on Shelby’s blockage. The situation fall back to 2008 and KC-40 Tankers. Now, this was an issue most people overlooked during the Presidential race. But, Both canidates took a different stance with Obama siding with hometown(Boeing) and McCain siding with EADS. Well, EADS/Northrop won the KC-40 Tanker contract leading a lot of citizens in Alabama to believe the jobs were coming in next year. Now, the sloppiness of politics has gotten in the way.

    Now, The U.S. Air Force is debating on just splitting the contracts between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Also, this is Shelby’s last go-around in the senate before retiring. Also, President Obama just killed Constellation program, which causes plenty of jobs in Huntsville.



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