Shelby Releases Holds on Obama Nominees

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama says he will stop blocking Senate confirmation of about 70 government appointees nominated by President Barack Obama.

Shelby's office said the purpose of the "holds" was to get White House attention to two issues critical to national security.

Both involve major funding for projects located in Alabama, an Air Force refueling tanker contract and an FBI explosives center.

Shelby's action delayed the Senate from acting on the president's nominees and drew fire for stopping Senate votes.

Shelby's office said Monday night that it would release its holds on all but a few nominees directly related to the Air Force contract.

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  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    It is people like this that gives the people in washington dc a bad name. of course some people around here, like the tea party people, will applaud this senator for sticking to his guns and being part of the party of "NO".
  • by mm Location: Mississippi on Feb 9, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    Political strategy!! You do something for me or I want play. What happened to doing the right thing? Why should this senator hold out for his greed? He needs a better reason, than what he has given!! But, then again, this type strategy is what put us where we are today.
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