Why Liberal Groups Wrote Senate Leaders Begging To Extend The Lame Duck Session

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Poor liberals.  They just can’t admit defeat gracefully.  On Monday, a group of 33 like minded liberal organizations wrote to both outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell requesting an extension of the 113th Congress (presumably through the Christmas break) in order to push through as many of Obama’s cabinet, bench and other assorted nominees as possible before the session ends.

Seriously.

We write to you today asking that you use as much time as is needed this Congress to give votes to the hundred-plus pending nominations. There is a record number of nominees pending on the Executive Calendar requiring Senate confirmation. Many of them have been waiting months in limbo – some for years – awaiting votes on their nominations.

Some are the very nominees even Democrats don’t want to see confirmed.  Some others could be pushed through, but word is that Harry Reid is mad enough at the Obama White House that he’s willing to stall on confirmation hearings and let the Republicans take up the fight in the next congress.  Whichever is the case, neither side wants to burn the midnight oil in a rush to ram through appointments that could have a long-term impact on the country.

However, the lefties are rather impatient to get things done.

However, still 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.

Many offices responsible for implementing and enforcing our laws are vacant. This threatens to undermine the functioning of government. At the same time, our courts are understaffed, delaying justice for Americans across the country. …

We urge you and your colleagues to fulfill the duties of the Senate, stay in session and vote on as many nominees as possible before the end of the 113th Congress.

Longstanding vacancies in our government and courts will only make it more difficult to accomplish our goals and fulfill the needs of the American people. Thank you again for your leadership, and we look forward to continuing our work together in the future.

Finally, they get to the crux of the matter.  If the vacancies aren’t filled with the leftist choices, it is going to be harder for THEM to accomplish THEIR goals.  Never mind about the Republican-turn right wave that flipped the Senate red last month.  Oh, no.  American liberals want one last chance to get some of the worst executive nominees ever suggested through the Senate before there is no hope.

Can’t blame them for trying, but the law says the new Congress will be seated the first week of January.  That’s not exactly enough time to get through one cabinet seat confirmation, let alone two or three in addition to ambassadors that aren’t qualified for the position.  They’re just going to have to be patient.

H/T – Roll Call Blog

 

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A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.